HMAS Ballarat
HMAS Ballarat

Sailors removed as abuse investigators board HMAS Ballarat

INVESTIGATORS looking into allegations of abuse on the HMAS Ballarat boarded the vessel on Sunday night, after several military staff were "returned to mainland Australia".

Staff on the vessel were at the centre of an evolving scandal reportedly involving the sexual and physical abuse of young Navy staff by older colleagues.

A statement from Defence confirmed the team from the Force's Investigative Service was on board the ship, but refused to give any details about those removed on Sunday.

Chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs said several support staff also joined the investigators on board, to help "those who may affected by these serious allegations".

"Navy will continue to be as open and transparent about this matter as we can be, but the investigation is now at the point where the ADFIS team needs to be able to get on with the job. As such, no further public statements regarding these allegations will be made until the investigation is complete," Vice Admiral Griggs said.

"I reiterate how seriously Navy takes allegations of this type and that inappropriate behaviour is neither consistent with our values nor tolerated in Navy."

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