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In a recent report about the "Operation Divine Wind" which was due to start today "Wats-his-name" (who looks as if he has lost weight and healthier) stated that their regular helicopter Pilot, a United States Citizen named Chris Aultman, would not be joining in this years Operation due to personal reasons.

Now today "Wats-his-name" states in a Press Release that Mr. Aultman was denied a visa to enter Australia, which being a Sovereign Nation may allow or exclude whomever it wishes and does not have to explain their decisions to anyone - least of all "Wats-his-name". 

It also appears that the Australian Government will not be sending the ACV Ocean Protector, which is at Hobart, TAS we believe, to the Southern Sea.  This from Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke in reply to a SSCS question. The reason stated was that both the JWF and SSCS had requested the vessel be there and both requests had been denied.

Meanwhile the MS Steve Irwin remains at anchor in the Port of Fremantle anchorage area, according to its AIS transmissions.  It is all getting more confusing than ever and even allowing for those NAUTICAL LOG senior moments you may agree.

Good Watch.

And while the world is concerned for the whales, 400 of our fellow seafarers are still held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Their release through superior firepower could be their only solution.


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