Following a request from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Navy and the Air Force have assisted in the disposal of the MV Pong Su under Section 185B of the Customs Act.
After Navy towed the Pong Su from Sydney Harbour, the vessel was sunk approximately 140 kilometres off Jervis Bay in deep water using two 2000-pound high explosive laser guided bombs as part of an exercise involving four RAAF F-111 strike aircraft.
A RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft performed range clearance and safety roles to ensure that unauthorised vessels remained clear of the safety zone during the exercise, and also to ensure that the area was clear of significant marine life.
The activity provided the Air Force with significant training value for maritime strike operations. These types of opportunities are rare and allow Orion and F-111 aircrew to train against a realistic target.
The disposal of the vessel fully complied with Australian law and was conducted following detailed consideration of environmental and safety regulations.
[DoD] would like to thank all the personnel involved for their hard work in what was a valuable training exercise for the ADF.