Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Santa Sighted Off East Timor

Santa Sighted Off East Timor

DEFENCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS ORGANISATION

MEDIA RELEASE

DPAO 373/99

Friday December 24, 1999

SANTA SIGHTED OFF EAST TIMOR

An unusual object has been detected by the navy frigate HMAS NEWCASTLE, during a routine patrol off the coast of East Timor's enclave, Oecussi.

"It was not something you see every day," the ship's captain, Commander Peter Naughton said.

"It began earlier this afternoon when several small dots appeared on the edge of the ship's early air warning radar screen. One of the objects was quite large with eight smaller objects leading the way. The slow moving contacts were detected to the north of Timor at distance of about 500 km from the ship.

"They are definitely heading south toward Australia", said Commander Naughton.

"It was as though the larger object was being towed by the smaller ones. We attempted to communicate with them on all frequencies but all we heard in reply was a hearty laugh and the jingling of bells.

"There was great excitement onboard", said Commander Naughton, "especially among those of the crew with children back home. We all knew what we were seeing."

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral David Shackleton, who is currently en route to join HMAS NEWCASTLE for Christmas, said the Royal Australian Navy is delighted to announce that SANTA CLAUSE is definitely on his way south heading for Australia.

For more information and interviews with HMAS NEWCASTLE crew members, contact Commander Rod Dudfield, 0412 628 274.

For Chiefs of Staff: Communications with HMAS NEWCASTLE will be via INMARSAT telephone which may be affected by monsoonal atmospherics.

Issued by the Defence Public Affairs Organisation, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT, 2600 Media releases are available by email if you register at the Media Centre at www.defence.gov.au


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Ian Powell: Doctors Call For Vaccine Development In New Zealand

On 10 June the Democracy Project published online an article by me on why New Zealand should seriously consider developing its own vaccine manufacturing and supply, particularly in respect of the coronavirus pandemic.. More>>



Peter Dunne: What Has Happened To Tolerance?

An unpleasant aspect of our current national character has come to light in recent times. When it comes right down to it, no matter what our pretences to the contrary, tolerance for a different point of view, or approach to things, is not a commodity in great supply at present, right across the political spectrum... More>>


Keith Rankin: Inflation Fears, Bullshit Costs, And Inappropriate Policy

It is true that New Zealand – and the rest of the world – now faces substantial inflation pressure. As the 2020s unfold, the biggest macroeconomic story – as in the 1920s after World War 1 – is likely to be about how we address these pressures... More>>




Climate Explained: Is New Zealand Losing Or Gaining Native Forests?

Apart from wetlands, land above the treeline, coastal dunes and a few other exceptions, New Zealand was once covered in forests from Cape Reinga to Bluff. So was Europe, which basically consisted of a single forest from Sicily in southern Italy to the North Cape in Norway, before human intervention... More>>




Sydney Mockdown: The Delta Variant Strikes

It is proving to be an unfolding nightmare. For a government that had been beaming with pride at their COVID contract tracing for months, insisting that people could live, consume and move about with freedom as health professionals wrapped themselves round the virus, the tune has changed... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why The J&J Vaccine Isn’t An Ideal Back-up Option, And Haiti

The news that Medsafe has given approval to Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine means the government is finally putting a backup plan in place, after the series of close shaves it has been experiencing of late in getting its deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine... More>>