The Ministers announced et el, “HMAS TOBRUK is currently in the final phase of its scheduled maintenance period and is expected to be ready for sea for a short period of time from the end of August to early September before it undergoes further scheduled and previously announced work to prepare for the cyclone season which commences in November.

To provide an amphibious transport capability while HMAS TOBRUK is prepared for cyclone season, Defence has negotiated the availability of the Australian Customs vessel ACV Ocean Protector to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief sealift response vessel from 12 August until 14 October 2011.

The ACV Ocean Protector is in addition to the Australia’s agreement with New Zealand that the New Zealand amphibious lift ship HMNZS CANTERBURY would be made available as part fo the joint Pacific-focused Ready Response Force, subject to any operational requirements in New Zealand…”

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