A MAN, aged 40, will appear in court after shotguns and handguns were stolen from a navy vessel in Darwin on Friday.
The man was arrested by Northern Territory Police yesterday and charged with receiving stolen property, two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm and 12 counts of possessing a firearm without a licence.
On Friday morning a different man overpowered a navy duty member on a patrol boat alongside the HMAS Coonawarra.
Both NT Police and the Australian Defence Force were investigating the breach, and the theft of 12 handguns and two shotguns from the ship.
NT Police Commander Richard Bryson, of the Crime and Specialist Support Command, said the man was remanded in custody to appear in Darwin Magistrates Court on Monday.
"Investigations are continuing into how the 40-year-old alleged offender came into possession of the stolen weapons," he said.
"Detectives are following numerous lines of inquiry in an effort to bring all those people involved in the theft before the courts."
Investigations are continuing.