After a routine inspection at HMAS Cerberus yesterday morning resulted in suspected hazardous material being located in a residential unit, a 400 metre safety zone was established around the accommodation block.
Victoria Police attended the scene and assessed that there was no suspicious material. However, there were some hazardous items identified which Defence does not permit to be stored in on-base accommodation.
A Defence member was taken for questioning by Victoria Police, but was later released without charge.
All restrictions on the movement of personnel around the base have now been lifted and activities at the base have returned to normal.
Defence is providing support to the member who was questioned.
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