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« on: 29 October 2012, 20:33:25 »

Navy techical sailors lured by mine cash
Ian McPhedran
The Daily Telegraph-October 28, 2012 11:30PM

A SHORTAGE of technical sailors, blamed on the resources boom, has forced the navy to tie up two frontline warships indefinitely while its remaining 10 frigates lost 459 days in just six months this year due to "unscheduled" repairs and maintenance.

The navy describes the temporary withdrawal from service of the WA-based frigate HMAS Arunta and the Sydney-based HMAS Stuart as "extended readiness" and it blames the mining boom's high wages for cornering the market in highly qualified technicians.

Navy chief Vice Admiral Ray Griggs said it would take the senior service until 2018 or 2020 to recover from the shortage depending on what happened in the resource sector.


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