Tasmanian government declines offer of decommissioned RAN frigate

RAN file photo
RAN file photo

The Tasmanian Government has decided not to accept the Australian Government’s offer of the decommissioned Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigate ex-HMAS Darwin for scuttling off the East Coast.

Tasmania’s Department of State Growth has stated it would cost in excess of A$12 million (US$8.54 million) to prepare and establish ex-HMAS Darwin as a dive wreck.

Additionally, the department has found there are further ongoing costs, approximately A$600,000 (US$430,000) per annum, to monitor and manage the dive wreck site that would not be covered by dive receipt permits.

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