Army regional support craft for Far North Queensland

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Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for Defence

The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

Warren Entsch MP

Member for Leichhardt

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Ben Martin (Minister Reynolds’ Office): +61 447 219 902
Ben Spencer (Minister Price’s Office): +61 412 754 310
Adam Davies (Warren Entsch’s Office): +61 417 010 702

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12 August 2020

Joint media release

  • Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP
  • Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch MP

The Morrison Government will acquire an Australian made 12.5 metre regional support craft to boost border protection in Far North Queensland.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the regional support craft, which will be located at Thursday Island, will also provide marine support to whole of government operations.

“The craft will be operated by Army’s 51st Far North Queensland Regiment, enabling them to perform tasks including search and rescue, recovery and casualty evacuation operations,” Minister Reynolds said.

“It will also support community engagement in the Torres Straits and allow reconnaissance and surveillance in the north and north-east of Australia.

“Defence has a long-standing presence in the Torres Strait and this new capability will ensure our waters continue to remain safe.”

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said local Thursday Island company Rebel Marine would improve the infrastructure at the wharfage and accompanying mooring facilities to accommodate the new vessel.

“The Morrison Government is committed to creating opportunities for local industry and workers in regional Australia,” Minister Price said.

“The craft and wharf upgrades are a great opportunity for local industry to support Defence operations in far north Queensland.”

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch welcomed the announcement and said he had been advocating for a permanent vessel in the Torres Strait.

“Rebel Marine already provide engineering and waterfront services for the Queensland Water Police and a variety of commercial vessels. This additional opportunity is excellent news for Thursday Island,” Mr Entsch said.

The support arrangement with Rebel Marine for waterfront services is still under development and is expected to be in place by October 2020 when the craft is scheduled to be delivered to Defence.

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