By Fred T. Jane

Третий год издания знаменитого справочника по военно-морским флотам. Качество сканирования несколько подкачало, но прочесть и рассмотреть можно почти всё.

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At that time, a number of those involved had still not given statements. Every officer and sailor in both ships was interviewed; 232 Voyager survivors and 906 men in Melbourne. After sitting for only twenty minutes, Spicer granted Smyth’s request and the Australian public were kept waiting for another three weeks. By the time the Royal Commission reconvened on 17 March, over five weeks had passed since the collision but there were still no answers to the many questions the parliament, press and public were asking.

Yesterday’s prompt announcement by the Prime Minister that a judge will conduct a full public investigation into the sinking of the Voyager was necessary. The nature and magnitude of the disaster puts it beyond the scope of the normal naval court-martial in which a service in effect looks at itself and decides how far any shortcomings are exposed or concealed. It is important in a tragedy of this scale that a far-reaching public inquiry be held so that no doubt is left in the public mind about what happened and why.

P. Stevenson, until 14 February 1964 captain of HMAS Vendetta, a sister ship of HMAS Voyager, have been made available to advise Counsel assisting the Royal Commission. S. W. Merson, until 7 January 1964, in command of the Type 12 frigate HMAS Yarra and who thus possesses recent experience in Fleet Operations, have been made available to advise Counsel representing the Navy. The RAN began preparing itself for the Commission while Chaney attempted to shield it from its critics and avoid the Commission’s terms of inquiry being expanded to examine the Navy’s operating techniques and procedures, training methods and systems of control and communication.

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