Jen?s trip ?scuttled
REPORTS that Australia's new patrol boats have been grounded due to safety concerns over their engines threaten to derail Jennifer O'Malley's schedule this month.
The Toormina resident is due to travel to Melbourne next week for the commissioning of one of the Navy's new Armidale class patrol boats, the Ararat, named after the World War II minesweeper, HMAS Ararat, which was commanded by her father.
Mrs O'Malley, the daughter of World War II naval captain Lieutenant Commander Norman Muzzell, travelled to Western Australia in May as the 'naming lady' for the new Ararat, the seventh of the Australian Navy's new Armidaleclass patrol boats.
And next week, in spite of a leg injury which has left her temporarily leaning on a walking stick, she was to take a role in the ceremony of commissioning the ship on October 14, when it will be formally handed over to the Navy and its new captain and crew in a 90minute ceremony.
The new Ararat is a 56metre, all aluminium monohull vessel which will be based in Darwin and Cairns, patrolling Australian waters on duties including surveillance, interception and investigation.
But at present the Ararat is in Darwin.