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Australian captain loses command after Indonesia incursions

Published on Apr 17, 2014 4:38 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian naval captain has been relieved of his command after his vessel was involved in an incursion into Indonesian waters while on border protection duty, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

Six incursions took place during Australia's military-led Operation Sovereign Borders to deter asylum-seeker boats in December and January, leading Canberra to apologise to Jakarta and set up an inquiry.

The Department of Defence said navy chief Vice Admiral Ray Griggs had made a number of decisions relating to the seven commanding officers involved, noting that more than one ship was involved in each incursion.

"The Chief of Navy will remove one Commanding Officer from his command and another will be administratively sanctioned," a Department of Defence statement said. "The remaining Commanding Officers will be formally or informally counselled."

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