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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Hodgman cheers

Media Release

State Liberal Member for Denison
Friday, 20 January 2006

Hodgman cheers naming of new HMAS Hobart

State Liberal Member for Denison, Hon Michael Hodgman QC MHA has today cheered the announcement that one of the Royal Australian Navy’s three new Air Warfare Destroyers will be named the HMAS Hobart.

Today in Canberra, the outgoing Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, announced that the three new Air Warfare Destroyers would be named HMAS Hobart, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Sydney.

“Last July, I put a very strong submission to the Chief of the Navy, Vice-Admiral RE Shalders AO CSC RAN, that one of the new Air Warfare Destroyers be named HMAS Hobart and that he might even consider naming the new Class, the Hobart Class,” Mr Hodgman said.

Mr Hodgman said that he pointed out to the Chief of the Navy that Tasmania was Australia’s maritime State and that it was most appropriate that Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, be honoured by having a ship named HMAS Hobart.

“I am really delighted with the news and the fact that HMAS Hobart was listed first, may mean that she will be the lead ship of the Class,” Mr Hodgman said.

“The naming of HMAS Hobart will give great pleasure to all who have served in previous Royal Australian Navy ships named HMAS Hobart, including, particularly, the family of the late Captain Emile Dechaineux who lost his life on HMAS Hobart during World War II.

“The Royal Australian Navy was not complete without an HMAS Hobart,” Mr Hodgman said.

Mr Hodgman said that all Tasmanians would look forward to the first visit of HMAS Hobart and he hoped that the new ship would be granted the freedom of the City of Hobart as its predecessor had been.


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