Australian Navy patrol boat catches fire at sea

Australian Navy file photo of HMAS Maryborough

A Royal Australian Navy patrol boat caught fire while at sea, the Australian defense department said on May 26.

The ship’s crew reported the fire in the engine room of HMAS Maryborough broke out as the ship was operating north east of Darwin.

According to the department of defense, the crew extinguished the fire in accordance with procedures and no crew members were injured in the incident.

The ship is now on its way to Darwin where inspection and an assessment of damage will be carried out. The department said an investigation into the incident was now underway.

HMAS Maryborough is an Armidale-class patrol boat in service with Royal Australian Navy. The ship entered service in December 2008.

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