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September 13, 2012
SBLT Courtney Bahr
ARMIDALE-class patrol boat HMAS
Ararat has ensured oceanographic
research can continue in the Indian
Ocean after successfully assisting a
35ft sailing vessel while patrol-
ling Australia's maritime borders on
CO Ararat LCDR Mathew
O'Loughlin said South African-
f lagged oceanographic research ves-
sel Lady Amber requested assistance
during a routine hail on VHF radio.
"The schooner indicated she had
very limited supplies of water on
board, due to a generator failure five
weeks before," LCDR O'Loughlin said.
"This had resulted in her crew of
four subsisting on distilled sea water."
Ararat came alongside in the lee of
Christmas Island and transfer red fou r
tonnes of fresh water.
Members of Ararat's ship's company
investigated the generator defect before
the sailing ship continued her jour ney.
Once the generator is repaired,
Lady Amber will sail for the Cocos/
Lady Amber is conducting oceano-
graphic research in the Indian Ocean
as part of a long-term CSIRO and
Deployed since 2011, the vessel
has criss-crossed the Souther n Indian
Ocean, launching 57 'Argo' or drift-
ing robots to gather data about the
health of the ocean.
Ararat lends a hand
PROVIDING ASSISTANCE: HMAS Ararat comes to the aid of a South African sailing vessel while patrolling Australia's maritime borders.
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