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Royal Australian Navy winches yachtsmen to safety

Two yachtsmen needed rescuing after their vessel sank"

The Royal Australian Navy has praised its cutting-edge technology and operations management centre after the successful rescue of two yachtsmen.

The Navy revealed that it winched the French sailors from a small boat yesterday (September 29) after their yacht sank 360 miles east of Jervis Bay in NSW following choppy water conditions.

A Navy Seahawk helicopter completed the mission, with the two yachtsmen returned to frigate HMAS Perth where they remained overnight.

Captain Lee Goddard, commanding officer of HMAS Perth, said the operation went "very smoothly".

"The Rescue Coordination Centre did a great job managing a number of assets including ourselves, fixed wing aircraft and the merchant vessel Williams Strait," he explained.

"The final piece of the rescue saw the Seahawk helicopter use its night vision capability to ensure a successful outcome."

Both French sailors are said to be in satisfactory condition, although they suffered mild hyperthermia.

According to the Department of Defence, the Seahawk helicopter is based at 816 squadron at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, NSW, whereas HMAS Perth is usually docked at HMAS Sterling in Western Australia.

HMAS Perth and 816 Squadron are currently taking part in various maritime exercises in Jervis Bay and the East Australian Exercise Area before their involvement in the International Fleet Review in Sydney next month.

Held between October 4 and 10, the event will see a number of Royal Australian Navy vessels and more than 20 international warships open to public viewing.

An extensive program of naval-themed activities and events is planned, including a ceremonial fleet entry and review of all warships docked at Sydney Harbour, military band concerts, a street march of over 4,000 sailors and spectacular fireworks.

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