Other vessels could be sunk if there's no Tobruk

OTHER Australian Navy vessels could be sunk in Fraser Coast waters if we are not successful in securing the HMAS Tobruk as a military dive wreck.

The Department of Defence is currently considering the future of the heavy-lift ship.

Hinkler MP Keith Pitt has been pushing for the Tobruk to be scuttled halfway between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

If we are not successful in securing the Tobruk, there are other vessels that could be used for a wreck.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett executive Scott Rowe said there was other options,

"The HMAS Tobruk is the chosen vessel we are seeking to secure because, being a heavy lifting ship, it is larger than other warships and can be opened aft and stern to dive from one end to the other," he said.

"It would compliment to successful HMAS Brisbane off the Sunshine Coast and we envisage many divers would dive both the vessels if the Tobruk was sunk in waters off the Fraser Coast.

"However, if we are unsuccessful in securing the Tobruk we would continue our campaign to secure another decommissioned navy vessel to create new tourism and economic opportunities for the region."

The HMAS Sydney is the next to come offline and then the HMAS Darwin in the next few years.

HMAS Sydney was commissioned in 1983 and HMAS Darwin in 1984.

Both are Adelaide Class frigates, 139m in length.



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