The Australian Navy is to decommission its amphibious ship, HMAS Kanimbla, the ministers for defence and defence materiel have confirmed.

The move has come after the assessment of extensive remediation work required on HMAS Kanimbla, which is valued at A$35m (US$36.7m).

In a statement, the ministers said that teh remediation work did not represent value for money as the HMAS Kanimbla would not on that basis be available for operations until at least mid 2012 and the vessel is scheduled to be decommissioned by the end of 2014.

The chief of navy imposed an operational pause on HMAS Ships Kanimbla due to seaworthiness concerns in September 2010.

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