Defence news alert 21 Sept
Minor fire on HMAS Kanimbla
A small fire occurred in HMAS Kanimbla this afternoon in the vicinity of Sydney Heads.
There was a brief loss of power while efforts to extinguish the fire took place, causing Kanimbla to drift towards North Head.
Sydney Ports Corporation and Svitzer Corporation were contacted just prior to
4.00 pm to provide tug support as a precaution. This support was not required as the ship subsequently restored power and proceeded to sea, clear of the entrance to Sydney Harbour and other navigational hazards.
No one was injured in the incident and no external assistance was required.
Kanimbla is conducting an initial damage assessment at sea. If necessary, the ship will return alongside to Fleet Base East, Garden Island to conduct further damage assessment.
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