DATE SET FOR HMS NOTTINGHAM TOW FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND

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LONDON, England (August 2, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The British Navy says its stricken warship HMS Nottingham will be towed to mainland Australia from Lord Howe Island on Sunday, if weather conditions are suitable.

The ship was badly damaged after running aground off the island, about 700 kilometers (420 miles) northeast of Sydney, three weeks ago.

A Royal Navy spokesman says the Nottingham will be towed to the Port of Newcastle, where preparations will be completed to take the vessel back to Britain.

It will not be repaired in Australia.

The spokesman says the Nottingham will be carried to Britain aboard a heavy lift ship, expected to arrive in Australia in October.

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