The Royal Australian Navy ship, ‘HMAS Maryborough’, has intercepted a vessel with 44 potential illegal immigrants and three crew off the coast of Western Australia.
‘The vessel was first sighted by an Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft. Armidale Class Patrol Boat (ACPB) ‘HMAS Maryborough’ apprehended the vessel as it crossed into Australian waters. Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Davyd Thomas, of the Royal Australian Navy said that the Navy played a principal contribution to Australia’s offshore maritime security and had a vital role in protecting Australian waters and borders. ‘HMAS Maryborough’ has a range of 3000 nautical miles at 12 knots and a maximum speed of about 25 knots. It is equipped with high-definition navigational radar, high and ultra high frequency communications equipment, gyro compasses and echo sounder. The vessel is also fitted with a satellite navigation system that enables the ship’s position to be determined with great accuracy.