A SHIP operated by the Royal Australian Navy will be crewed by civilians

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Civilians to fill navy's skills void

 

A SHIP operated by the Royal Australian Navy will be crewed by civilians, as the service explores ways to keep its fleet at sea in the face of rampant poaching of sailors by cashed-up mining firms.

Defence Minister Stephen Smith yesterday announced that the navy's newest ship, a $130 million, 6500 tonne amphibious support vessel called the Skandi Bergen -- would operate "under a civilian crewing arrangement".

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