Australian Assistance To Cheonan Sinking Investigation

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Minister for Defence

Thursday, 20 May 2010 


Australian assistance to Cheonan sinking investigation 

The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, today announced details of

the assistance which Defence has provided to the investigation into the

sinking of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy vessel Cheonan.

“Australia contributed Royal Australian Navy (RAN) officers to the Cheonan

investigation after a formal request from the South Korean Government.  A

team of three RAN officers qualified in maritime accident investigation

travelled to the ROK on 13 April, forming part of a larger ROK-led

investigation team, which included members from the United States, the

United Kingdom, and Sweden”, Senator Faulkner said.

“The initial RAN team assisted with technical aspects of the investigation. 

Two appropriately-qualified RAN officers also travelled to Korea to provide

assistance to a combined intelligence analysis task force as part of the

broader investigation into the sinking of Cheonan.  They arrived earlier in May

and worked in a team including officers from the ROK, the United States, the

United Kingdom, and Canada.”

Senator Faulkner is currently visiting Japan for the Australia-Japan Foreign

Affairs and Defence Ministerial Consultations (‘2+2 Meeting’), which were held

in Tokyo on Wednesday evening.

“Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith and I shared our concerns about the

Cheonan investigation outcomes with Japan at the 2+2 Meeting. Both Japan

and Australia support South Korea’s position on the sinking,” Senator

Faulkner said. 

“Australia’s contribution to the ROK-led investigation highlights the skills and

expertise of Defence, and the Royal Australian Navy, which are valued by the

ROK and other international participants. 

“Our contribution to this investigation also reflects the closeness and

importance of our relationship with the ROK and our shared interest in

maintaining regional security and stability.”

Media contacts:

Colin Campbell (John Faulkner):

02 6277 7800 or 0407 787 181

Defence Media 

02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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