Most of Australia’s navy is to be given two months off over Christmas as part of a new strategy to cope with crew shortages, the defence minister says.
Joel Fitzgibbon said the extended break was a way of encouraging sailors to stay in the service.
From the BBC
The number of sailors who stay aboard docked ships will be reduced, to make sailors’ duties more family-friendly.
Mr Fitzgibbon rejected claims by the opposition that the move would affect national security.
The opposition said the venture was an admission that the government had failed to recruit enough sailors.
Mr Fitzgibbon said: “We’re doing a lot of work trying to find new and innovative ways both to retain skilled people and recruit new people.”
Above: HMAS Darwin
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