Newsletter for the deep thinker - EDITION 2, 2016

Unheard We Work, Unseen We Win



THIS EDITION: Awards, achievements and overseas well as much more!


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Front Cover:

Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matthew

Buckley, RAN, inspects a platoon during CN’s

Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Stirling on 01

August 2016. Image by LSIS Bradley Darvill.


MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR GENERAL SUBMARINES..................................................................... 3

MESSAGE FROM COMMANDER SUBMARINE FORCE..................................................................... 5

MESSAGE FROM SUBFOR SWO.................................................................................................... 6

NEWLY QUALIFIED....................................................................................................................... 7


INNOVATION SOLUTIONS BOOST SUBMARINE FLEET..................................................................... 9

HMAS RANKIN BIBBULUM TRACK FUNDRAISER FOR BEYOND BLUE............................................. 11

PROMOTIONS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS............................................................................. 12


REMEMBERING THE FALLEN - U.S. MEMORIAL DAY..................................................................... 14

ASC - FOSTERING THE SKILLS OF THEIR WORKFORCE................................................................ 15

FLSE SUBS - WORKING TOGETHER............................................................................................. 16

SUBMARINERS AT BASTILLE DAY 2016...................................................................................... 18

PERISHER QUALIFIED - MEETING OUR NEWEST SUBMARINE CAPTAINS....................................... 20

TORPEDO MAINTENANCE FACILITY - HMAS STIRLING................................................................. 21


SOMETHING I WILL NEVER FORGET............................................................................................ 23

I TOLD YOU I WAS JOINING THE NAVY......................................................................................... 24

THE ODD THINGS SUBMARINERS DO FOR FUN............................................................................ 25

ULTRA MAN - “STYR LABS BADWATER 135”............................................................................... 27

GROWING UP A POSTER CHILD FOR DEFENCE............................................................................ 28

THE START OF AN EXCITING JOURNEY........................................................................................ 29


WOW, THAT WENT QUICKLY....................................................................................................... 31


RANKIN’S COMMANDING OFFICERS LUNCHEON......................................................................... 33



A STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD............................................................................................ 35


CHANGING OVER....................................................................................................................... 38


FRENCH CULINARY - CLOSE UP & PHOTO CAPTION COMPETITION.............................................. 42

IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT........................................................ 43

HMAS DECHAINEUX EXMOUTH EXPEDITION................................................................................ 44


RENSHAW RACING UTE.............................................................................................................. 46

STILL ROCKING THE BOAT & NEW PT GEAR................................................................................ 48



DECHAINEUX’S 15TH BIRTHDAY................................................................................................. 50

HMAS FARNCOMB: ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY OF THE COLES REVIEW....................................... 53

HMAS RANKIN - AE1 SERVICE.................................................................................................... 54

HMAS RANKIN, ANZAC DAWN SERVICE...................................................................................... 55

IT “IS” JUST CRICKET................................................................................................................. 56

RANKIN BACK FROM THE LONG HAUL........................................................................................ 57

TOP OF THE “ENGINEERING” CLASS........................................................................................... 59

A VIEW OF THE ‘SUBMARINE ENTERPRISE’ FROM A SUBMARINE CREW....................................... 60


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Expand and Evolve-

Challenges for the

Submarine Enterprise

A Message from CDRE P.M.J. Scott, CSC, RAN

Director General Submarines

Submarine Program Sponsor

Head of Submarine Profession

Navy Strategic Command

It was around three years ago that I wrote

my first foreword for The Trade. At that

time, having spent much of the previous

decade in roles not directly associated with

the Submarine Enterprise, I was delighted

to observe that the phenomenal dedication,

passion and professionalism evident

across the Submarine Arm was much as I

remembered from my previous submarine


I also commented that many of the

challenges we faced were familiar; workforce

shortfalls, lack of submarines, an unforgiving

sea and the inevitable demands and sacrifice

associated with service. Three years on, one

might say that nothing much has changed.

One would be wrong! While the challenges

remain, the progress achieved across the

Submarine Enterprise through these past

several years has been astonishing, and all

those who have contributed can be justifiably

proud of our collective achievements.

Nowhere has progress been more clearly

evident than in the expansion of the uniformed

submarine workforce. Whilst it is true that

the workforce remains under-strength and

fragile, it is equally true that unprecedented

growth has occurred - with annual targets for

qualifications, net growth and total strength

all being exceeded. The introduction of the

Submarine Arm Deliberately Differentiated

Package is clearly bearing fruit, with better

retention of both Officers and Sailors of

all ranks. As a result, the health of each

Branch and Category is improving, building

on the momentum and confidence generated

through several successive years of growth.

Having established HMAS Farncomb’s

Delivery Crew early in 2016, Navy will now

establish billets in mid 2017 to enable the

progressive formation of HMAS Collins

Delivery Crew and her timely egress from

Full Cycle Docking in mid 2018. This will

be a most significant step towards the

achievement of Milestone Three of the

Submarine Workforce Growth Strategy in

mid 2019, which will see us achieve the

workforce strength required to sustainably

meet current Force-in-Being requirements.

Another factor clearly contributing to

workforce growth is the continued

improvements in submarine availability,

reliability and capability. Notwithstanding

some serious fragility around obsolescence

and supportability issues, we are now

meeting Navy’s availability requirements.

The recurring pattern of timely delivery

of submarines out of major maintenance

periods, in a robust material state, has

enabled the consistent availability of two

deployable submarines throughout much

of the past year. Crucially, the availability

of seaworthy and battleworthy submarines

is enabling more and more deployments;

once again expanding the horizons of the


Submarine Arm and adding substantially to

the experience base of those operating the

Force, as well as those supporting it!

Earlier this year, Mr John Coles carried out

a further review of Enterprise performance

in submarine sustainment. In his report,

he describes a ‘collegiate, collaborative

and well functioning Enterprise’ and

concluded that the Enterprise could achieve

performance ‘beyond the international

benchmark, whilst maintaining regional

superiority and reducing sustainment costs’.

Noting that Navy’s availability requirements

are now being met, and in moving ‘beyond

benchmark’, the Submarine Enterprise Board

is driving a deliberate and progressive shift

in emphasis from availability to reliability

and capability. The evolution to an era of

increased assurance around availability

and deployability will be achieved through

the continued treatment of obsolescence

and supportability risks, and the ongoing

execution of the Submarine Capability

Upgrade Program.

Further evolution is also required to ensure

that benchmark cost for sustainment is

achieved by 2022. This will require ongoing

improvements in industry efficiency to further

reduce sustainment costs. Substantial

development of the submarine yard at

Henderson in Western Australia, similar to

the improvements made in Adelaide in recent

years, are scheduled for completion this

year. Importantly, they will realise expanded

capacity and significant efficiencies in

the yard where the vast majority of major

scheduled maintenance periods are being


Looking further ahead, we have now

commenced Life of Type Extension (LOTE)

studies to determine the potential scope

and cost of extending a number of Collins



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platforms beyond their current Planned

Withdrawal Dates. These studies, to be

conducted over the next year, will also inform

deliberations and decisions on the re-location

of Full Cycle Dockings to Western Australia,

to meet the Chief of Navy’s requirements that

Fleet units be sustained from where they are

operated, and the basing of submarines on

the East coast of Australia.

The LOTE studies will be complemented by

the work of an ‘Independent Examination

Panel’; a select group of experts recently

formed to consider the prospect of a

submarine capability gap, including the

cost and risk of options to address any

potential shortfalls. I expect that their

research and ensuing advice will be a crucial

input to Enterprise efforts to enable Force

continuity and continued regional superiority

as we manage the transition to a multi-class

submarine fleet that is double its current


Of course, the Government’s selection in

April of France as our partner nation for

the design and build of the next class of

submarine signals further evolution, with

DCNS set to become an integral member

of an evolved Submarine Enterprise in future

years. In other ways, the transition to a multiclass

submarine fleet has already begun,

with the mobilisation and design phase

gaining momentum and impacting numerous

areas. Within my Submarines Branch, the

Development Directorate has been reformed

to include Systems, Design, Requirements

and Support Cells; with the Requirements

Cell re-locating to Cherbourg, France from

early next year. Their role will be to ensure

Navy’s needs and requirements drive the

design of our next submarine and that Navy

is prepared for ongoing design reviews.

The First Principles Review is also driving

further evolution; particularly as the Services,

including Navy, resume greater accountability

for capability. As such, I have now assumed

the mantle of ‘Submarine Program Sponsor’

and the development of a ‘Submarine

Program Strategy’ - a seminal strategic

policy document to direct the trajectory and

expansion of the submarine capability over

the next thirty years - is now under way. This

Strategy will, of course, be classified, but

I can tell you it is being written around the

Submarine Program priorities of: enabling

Force continuity; promoting Program

efficiency; assuring regional superiority;

managing the transition to a multi-class

submarine fleet; managing the Collins Class

to withdrawal; and expanding the Submarine

Enterprise workforce.

One of my most satisfying duties today is

to prepare advice from the Chief of Navy to

the Minister for Defence and Government on

the performance of the Submarine Enterprise

and the Submarine Force. It is remarkably

satisfying because we are reporting

exemplary performance and remarkable

success, both at sea and ashore, emerging

from the most demanding circumstances and


Whilst the purpose and roles of our

Submarine Force will persist, we need to

both expand and evolve to keep pace with a

changing world and substantial shifts in the

national power bases of our Nation, allies,

neighbours and potential adversaries.

The pattern of expansion and evolution is set.

Our challenge over future decades will be

to maintain the superb momentum that has

been generated by the Submarine Enterprise

and keep our regionally superior Submarine

Force in the vanguard of the Royal Australian

Navy and the Australian Defence Force, as

the Nation’s principal strategic deterrent.•

Yours Aye,

Peter Scott

Submarines Branch,

Navy Strategic Command,



Message from

Commander Submarine Force,

CAPT Matt Buckley, CSC, RAN

Welcome to our second edition of the Trade for

2016, which focuses on the vital importance of

you, ‘our people’, to the submarine capability.

Many of you would have heard me talk about

the need for ‘Deep Specialists’ right across

the Submarine Enterprise as essential to the

delivery of an enduring and potent national

strategic deterrent. I am pleased to say

that what I am seeing at the waterfront is a

genuine devotion to achieving the professional

excellence necessary to achieve this objective

at all levels. Moreover, it is apparent that we

are raising the bar a few centimetres each time

we achieve a key milestone; this will ensure

we are always looking for improvement. We

must continue in this vein if we are to find

those extra couple of percentage points

necessary to remain amongst the world’s

best Submarine Forces. In this Trade you

will learn a little bit more about some of

the dedicated and talented people within

our unique community that are making this


Also in this edition you will see that with the

return of HMAS Farncomb to service in the

Fleet we have achieved our key objective for

2016 of realising a Five Boat Force. Sea-riding

Farncomb for their MSE in August was a

watershed moment for the Submarine Force

achieved through an integrated Enterprise

effort sustained over several years and we

should be very proud of this achievement. In

this same period we welcomed HMAS Rankin

back to HMAS Stirling from a very successful

nine-month deployment. This was one of the

longest ever conducted by an RAN submarine

and included an extended period operating

from Fleet Base East and an extensive Theatre

Deployment to Northeast Asia. At the time

of writing HMAS Sheean remains on an

extensive deployment into the Indo-Pacific,

doing precisely what it is we need our boats

to do in Theatre. We also welcome HMAS

Dechaineux back into operational service

from a successful Intermediate Docking at

Henderson that was once again achieved

within benchmark levels of performance

through a collective effort. It is important to

acknowledge the last six months has not

been without a few hurdles. The return of

HMAS Waller to operational service from an

extensive period of maintenance and repair

has been challenged by two complex defects.

What has been very pleasing however is that

our Enterprise has been able to respond

by pulling together and through teamwork

and innovation delivered the boat back into

operational service as soon as could be

practically achieved. This sort of Enterprise

resilience is precisely what is required if we

are to consistently deploy and sustain our

submarines into the Indo-Pacific Theatre.

On the escape and rescue front we are in the

final stages of preparation for Exercise BLACK

CARILLON 2016 where we will be proving the

next advancement in our Submarine Escape

and Rescue Capability. This year’s BC is the

largest we have hosted since 2013 and will for

the first time incorporate both our Escape and

Rescue Gear Ships MV Besant and MV Stoker

working together. We will also be trialling the

new Transfer Under Pressure Unit. Continued

improvement in this part of our capability

keeps us at the leading edge of submarine

escape and rescue globally.

With all of this activity underway I appreciate

that many of you will be finding that yet

another step up in our rate of effort for 2016

requires your full attention and I thank you for

rising to meet this challenge. Importantly, this

is what each of us needs to do in order to

deliver a Force that routinely deploys into the

Indo Pacific for extensive periods in Theatre.

It is for this reason that we must continue

to encourage innovation at all levels and to

consolidate our skills at every level through

living our ‘Good Submarine Practice’ program.

I have greatly appreciated your enthusiasm

and feedback on how we can consolidate

this grass roots program as an enduring part

of our DNA. I am certainly seeing evidence

of this in our submarines at sea and in our

supporting organisations ashore, which is

very pleasing so keep up the good work.

Doing the little things right is what keeps us

safe and underpins our capacity to operate

at the leading edge in complex environments

and for this reason I see our GSP program as

something we must carry forward.

In this Trade very much focussed on our

people, it is important to acknowledge that our

numbers continue to expand. We qualified

over 100 submariners in the last fiscal year

and also retained a greater percentage of

our workforce. Many of you have directly

contributed to this achievement and I ask

that you continue to do so as we are not yet

where we need to be to sustainably deliver the

Force in being and to be ready to meet the

challenge of a multi-class capability. We also

need to embrace diversity and strive to create

a culture that attracts and retains the very

best performers from the full breadth of our

society. In support of this aim I have invited

some of you to help develop a program that

will assist us to become a career of choice for

the brightest and best female candidates and

those spanning the full range of backgrounds

from across our community. You will hear

more about this in coming months and I ask

for your ongoing support in generating an

optimised culture for everyone.

Finally, in writing my final Trade introduction

as COMSUB, I would like to thank those I

have worked with for your ongoing support

and friendship. Many of you will know that

I have undertaken this appointment with my

family on the other side of the country, and

the fact that I complete this role as the most

rewarding I have had in the Navy is reflective of

the shared enthusiasm from the wonderful and

eclectic people that comprise our community.

I ask each of you to remember that whatever

your role in submarines, uniformed or civilian,

you are what makes our capability and your

contribution is what ensures we continue to

serve as an effective strategic deterrent for

our nation.•

Yours Aye,

Matt Buckley


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Message from the



Hello and welcome to edition two of the Trade

for 2016.

It is great to be back in the Submarine Force

after quite some time away. For those of you

who do not know, I was previously appointed

SUBFOR SWO for a short period in 2012 and

I must admit the Submarine Force is looking

much healthier than it did back then. It is a

very exciting time to be in submarines with five

boats back in the water, the announcement

of the next generation submarine, recently

completed submarine deployments and the

health of the submarine workforce. This is no

doubt attributable to a great deal of hard work

and determination by all.

As with my predecessor, I do not intend to use

this article to tell you about myself; that can

be done over a brew when I head your way,

if I have not already done so. I will however,

provide you with updates and information

from my perspective on how I believe we are

shaping up and evolving as a Force through

my observations and feedback received whilst

I am out and about.

Since taking over as SUBFOR SWO, I have the

opportunity to sea ride in HMA Submarines

Sheean and Waller, attend Divisional Meetings

along with Fireside Chats in the HQ, FLSE-

Subs and SSG. I have also attended a number

of qualification ceremonies at STSC; which I

personally think are fantastic. I have been very

impressed with what I have observed to date

and the attitudes of the people I have met and

spoken with along the way, however, we as a

capability still have a bit of work ahead of us.

Some of the strategies and incentives I

have been involved with includes but is not

limited to the Workforce Growth Strategy,

SUBFOR Campaign Plan, Five Boat Force

Strategy, Diversity in Depth Initiative, Women

in Submarines Strategy, Good Submarine

Practice and the Submarine Mentoring

Program. I will also be involved with SUBFOR

Cultural Surveys and a Diversity Champions

Workshop in the latter part of this year; so as

you can see there is a fair bit going on. I ask

that you take the time to understand these

strategies and incentives; all of which in some

shape or form emerge out of the wider navy

strategy and to meet the overall intent of Plan


On taking up this position, COMSUB also

directed me to reinvigorate what was formerly

known as the Warrant Officer Advisory Group

which I have done and renamed the SUBFOR

Warrant Officer Counsel. The Warrant Officer

Counsel formed so that submarine qualified

and non qualified Warrant Officers can do

more to ensure that an effective solutions

based management/reporting regime exists

and is maintained for our submariners’ welfare

and that of the wider submarine community.

The Warrant Officer cohort will convene

quarterly and I as the SWO will present all

issues and concerns that are raised at these

meetings to COMSUB directly and unfiltered.

Other duties I will perform during my tenure

will be to monitor the Divisional System

across SUBFOR and I remind all personnel

that Divisional responsibilities are not and

should not be a secondary task; it is most

important that we look after our personnel

appropriately. I will monitor and report IR and

MAAT compliance directly to COMSUB and

again I remind all personnel that it is up to you

to ensure you do not lapse in any component

of either.

I will avail myself to take part in Awards

Ceremonies, Divisional Meetings and

Discussion Workshops as required and

continue to get out and about to meet

and speak with all submariners and those

personnel supporting submarines. Please also

feel free to drop in and have a chat if you are

in the vicinity of SUBFOR HQ; I will be more

than happy to build you a brew.

Take care and stay safe.•

Newly Qualified

Welcoming all newcomers to the silent service


• LSMTSM A. French 3 Dec

• SMNMTSM J. Baker 10 Dec

• SMNEWSM N. Vaca 15 Dec

• SMNMTSM D. Sheppard 15Dec

• SMNAWASM H. Draman 18 Dec

• SMNEWSM B. English 18 Dec

• ABMTSM L. Morrow 18 Dec


• LEUTMWOSM J. Bolton 31 Jan

• LCDRMESM W. McDougall 22 Jan


• ABMTSM C. Bennett 8 Feb

• LSML-SCSM C. Wilson 26 Feb

• ABCISSM D. Martin 26 Feb

• ABMTSM M. Hutchinson 26 Feb

• ABMTSM B. Walsh 26 Feb

MARCH 2016

• LEUTWESM D. McCall 08 Mar

• LSML-SSM S. Merritt 09 Mar

• ABEWSM D. Robertson 14 Mar

• LSETSM R. Moreira 15 Mar

• LEUTMWOSM K. Wansbury 17 Mar

• ABETSM Z. Glenister 17 Mar

• ABMTSM D. Scerri 20 Mar

• SBLTMWOSM D. Nixon 29 Mar

APRIL 2016

• ABML-CSM S. Price 08 Apr

• SMNAWASM R. Fatchen 08 Apr

• ABCISSM R. Brooks 08 Apr

• ABCISSM M. Currell 08 Apr

• ABMTSM J. Makin 08 Apr

• LEUTMWOSM T. Williams 26 Apr

• POETSM M. Darroch 27 Apr

• LSETSM J. Williams 28 Apr

• SBLTMWOSM M. Gillett 29 Apr


MAY 2016

• SMNEWSM R. Eley 02 May

• SMNMTSM D. Sutton 03 May

• ABETSM D. Mahon 04 May

• SMNAWASM L. Kaine 06 May

• ABCISSM M. Garcia 06 May

• SMNEWSM B. Kempster 06 May

• ABMTSM J. Van Der Heyden 06 May

• SMNMTSM E. Ollington 06 May

• POMTSM M. Niven 10May

• LEUTMWOSM D. Sakova 17 May

• LEUTMWOSM Johnson 22 May

• SMNMTSM A. Parmenter 24 May

JUNE 2016

• ABMTSM Dormer 03 Jun

• SMNEWSM Prestwood 03 Jun

• ABMTSM Price 03 Jun

• SMNEWSM Gould 03 Jun

• ABMTSM Mackenzie 03 Jun

• ABML-SSM Williamson 07 Jun

• LSMTSM Staley 09 Jun

• ABETSM Corbett 11 Jun

• SMNAWASM Bates 13 Jun

• POMTSM Crowley 16 Jun

• SMNEWSM Poulton 16 Jun

• LEUTMWOSM Snare 26 Jun


• ABETSM S. Guganovic 11 Aug

• ABCISSM C. Graham 11 Aug

• ABMTSM E. Gough 11 Aug

• ABMTSM C. Sutton 11 Aug


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Submarine Force

Personnel Support –

Looking after our people


Solutions Boost

Submarine Fleet


The SUBFOR Personnel Department Team.

(L to R) CPO Mark Austin, Mrs Debra Paterson, PO Natasja Tozer and LEUT Dean Taylor.

Personnel Support generates and shapes

the Navy workforce and its ability to deliver

Defence capability as well as contributes to

the support of operationally deployed forces.

Operational personnel support provides

the deployed commander confidence that

the deployed workforce are prepared for

their specified and implied tasks while

tactical personnel support contributes to the

maintenance of the body, mind and spirit of

both service personnel and their families.

The Personnel Department within the

Submarine Force Headquarters is responsible

to COMSUB through DCOMSUB for the

delivery of personnel support.

The SUBFOR Personnel Department is a

relatively small Department for the number

of people it manages, comprising of four

people: Staff Officer Personnel (SO2 Pers),

Assistant Staff Officer Personnel (ASO Pers),

Systems and Governance Officer, and a

Human Resources Officer (HRO).

SO2 Pers –

LEUT Dean Taylor, RANR

• Leadership of the Personnel Department,

ensuring the day-to-day running of the

Department and provision of Personnel


• Input into Submarine workforce strategies

(Plan Delphinus)

• Provision of advice to Command on

Personnel related issues

• Provision of Administration support to

RAN personnel on exchange

• Management of SUBFOR Reserves

• Management of COMSUB Medical

Waiver Process

• Act as Senior Equity Advisor and

COMTRAK co-ordinator

• Act as one of three Australian Submarines

ForceNet administrators

• Co-ordinate Personnel reporting practices

and procedures and

• Co-ordinate Personnel response to

SUBSAR incidents.

ASO Pers –

CPO AWASM Mark Austin

• Manage the SUBFOR PDR service

• Organise Op-Relief travel arrangements

• Production of on-demand PMKeyS


• Co-ordinate Maritime Allowance

submissions for Submariners, and

• Assist COBs with personnel management

when deployed.

Systems and Governance –

PO ML-P Natasja Tozer

• Act as the first POC for all pay related


• Salary/allowance check on post in/out

• Payment of subsistence and allowances

for port visits

• Act as Defence Travel Card account

holder/supervisor for personnel posted

to Submarines

• Audit and maintain MWOD Transitional

Food Allowance, and

• Audit of ADFPAY and PMKeyS anomalies.


Mrs Deborah Paterson

• Collect and consolidate PMKeyS data for

reports and correspondence for internal

and external stakeholders

• Manage and maintain various personnel


• Co-ordinate and manage the Familygram


• Assist and support the delivery of

procedural, operational and administrative

tasks for SUBFOR and other Defence


• Act as a liaison between Submarines at

sea and families, and

• Act as a SUBFOR Objective Workgroup


Ultimately, Navy’s Submarine capability to

‘fight and win at sea’ is delivered through

people. What gives a Defence Force the

edge in Defence capability is not only the

hardware but a workforce composed of

highly skilled and dedicated people.

The Submarine Force Personnel

Department can be contacted by email:•

Innovation has been credited with increasing

the capability of Australia’s Submarine Force

with a fifth crew generated from thinking

outside the square. The win comes as

submariners of all ranks gathered at HMAS

Stirling earlier this month to re-enforce their

positive approach towards creative problem


The group of 23 sailors and officers left their

ranks at the door for the innovation seminar,

which was one of several held across Fleet

in recent months. The seminar focused

on tackling issues through teamwork and

creative thinking. Among them was AB

Natalie Warren-McCarthy. ‘Brainstorming is

always a good friend,’ AB Warren- McCarthy

said later. ‘The key to innovation is working

together to come up with new and improved

ideas.’ It’s that positive attitude which the

Commander of the RAN’s Submarine Force

CAPT Matt Buckley says is now increasingly

common across his command. ‘Innovative

approaches to challenges can be applied at

all levels,’ CAPT Buckley said. ‘Importantly,

they don’t have to be linked to an increase in

resources. Fundamentally innovation allows

us to harness the ideas and experience of a

highly trained workforce such as we have in

the RAN.’

CAPT Buckley points to the recent

resurgence in submarine capability as proof

that his team is thinking increasingly outside

the square. The 'Five Boat Force' (5BF)

AB Warren-McCarthy - innovation manifests in many forms.

program came in response to the Submarine

Force’s increase in available platforms while

workforce shortages still exist.

‘In essence the 5BF program adopted a

different crewing model for our Submarines

in long term maintenance in WA as well as

those being delivered from Full Cycle Docking

in Adelaide,’ CAPT Buckley said. ‘When

we put our heads together we realised that

these boats didn’t need the same construct

as a full deployable crew. The result was

the generation of a fifth submarine crew

in January this year while maintaining the

integrity of the remaining crews and our

key shore based positions. That’s a brilliant


Like any innovative solution, all of those

involved in managing the Submarine

workforce had to remain flexible and patient,

as they took their proposal up the chain.

CAPT Buckley says both Fleet Commander

and the Chief of Navy were very receptive.

‘This openness to innovation from our SLG

has flowed through into the Forces at the

waterfront and I am seeing some tremendous

initiatives now filtering up from the boats from

within departments,’ CAPT Buckley said.

‘Innovation is also being embraced by our

supporting elements ashore because our

people appreciate the importance of what we

are achieving by thinking outside the square.’

Back at the innovation forum, sailors like AB

Warren McCarthy were keen to embrace

further innovation challenges.’ In the end

not every idea has to be a new idea,’ AB

Warren-McCarthy said. ‘Just spend some

time thinking outside the box.’

Q: What did you think of the innovation


A: A very fun environment which makes you

confident to speak out loud your ideas.

Q: What did you learn from the experience?

A: Not every idea has to be a new idea.

Think outside the box, we may have already

established the idea before within defence.

COMSUB’s 5 points to innovation

1. Have a think about what the source of the problem is and give some

consideration to the full range of solutions.

2. Consult widely within your work group and more broadly once you have

narrowed down some options.

3. Be sure to let your supervisor know that you are working up options to

solving the particular challenge and give yourself a realistic time frame to

provide proposed solutions.

4. Frame your proposal. Putting things into words will assist you in testing your

own solution sets.

5. Be flexible and be patient! Once you have put forward your options,

remember some things do take some time to implement.


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Q: How difficult can it be to be innovative

in Navy?

A: Sometimes you feel like it’s hard to be

innovative when Navy has already come up

with so many new ideas, however I thought

I was able to think outside the box with this


Q: What is the key to successful innovation?

A: Brainstorming is always a good friend.

Working together to come up with new and

improved ideas.

Q: What is your advice to others who have an

issue requiring an innovative solution?

A: Brainstorm and work together.

Q: What was your message to the forum?

A: My key message to the forum is that we

are in the midst of a remarkable increase

in capability and activity for Navy and that

in order for us to meet this challenge with

the resources that we have CN has given

all of us a license to innovate in the way

we do business. I made the point that in

the case of the Submarine Force the last

five years has seen remarkable change and

with it a series of challenges. We have not

only increased our numbers of crews from

three to four and now five but we have also

significantly increased the scale and scope

of our deployments. While our workforce is

expanding at an unprecedented rate, the

growth is uneven and in several areas still lags

our overall requirements. Additionally many of

our people are newly qualified and while very

well trained are still building their experience

base, all of this is being undertaken in the

context of a more complex and contested

Indo-Pacific region. To assure we safely and

effectively serve as the nation’s principal

strategic deterrent capability we require all of

our people to embrace innovation especially

at the waterfront.

Q: In a profession full of rules and regulations,

what can be the challenges of thinking


A: A key challenge here is that our processes

and structure may appear to limit the scope

for our people to innovate, especially at

the working level at sea and in waterfront

environments. The important thing here is

to appreciate that while there will always

be a need for adherence to process in

some cases such as in following the initial

responses to an emergency, there is also

scope to challenge these norms through

using a well thought through and debated

submission after the fact. I use the example

of the proactive OHSIR as a powerful means

of drawing attention to a problem along with

a potential solution in the safety domain.

Q: What are the benefits of innovation?

A: Innovative approaches to challenges can

be applied at all levels and in most scenario’s

they are not necessarily linked to an increase

in resources. Fundamentally innovation allows

us to harness the ideas and experience of a

highly trained workforce such as we have in

the RAN. As we discussed at the innovation

forum, it will be the application of innovative

solutions to challenges that will enable us

to maintain a war fighting advantage over

potential adversaries now and into the future.

The example I provided here is that the way

we approach Submarine Warfare is principles

rather than rules based. This enables the

crew to fight the submarine in a flexible

and agile manner. Innovative solutions can

be recommended and accepted by the

Command as the situation develops and

as new information comes to hand with an

iterative approach to fighting and winning.

Q: Can you give an example of an innovative

concept or idea which benefited submariners

(or Navy in general)?

A: The Submarine ‘Five Boat Force’ (5BF)

program is our innovative solution to the

specific challenge that increased submarine

availability is leading submarine workforce

growth. In essence the 5BF program has

adopted a different crewing model for our

SM’s in long term maintenance in WA and

those being delivered from Full Cycle Docking

in Adelaide, recognising that these boats

don’t need the same construct as a full

deployable crew. This program, generated

within the Force with significant input from

the workforce at the waterfront has resulted

in the generation of a fifth crew in Jan

2016 while maintaining the integrity of the

remaining crews and our key shore based

positions. When presented with this program

back in late 2014 both FC and CN were

very receptive to this innovative approach

that didn’t follow our usual way of doing

business. This openness to innovation from

our SLG has flowed through into the Forces

and I am seeing some tremendous initiative

filtering up from the boats and departments

ashore that reflect our people appreciate we

are committed to this endeavour.

Q: What is your advice to those confronted by

a problem or practice in need of a solution?

A: Have a think about what the source of

the problem is and give some consideration

to the full range of solutions. Consult widely

within your work group and more broadly

once you have narrowed down some

options. Be sure to let your supervisor know

that you are working up options to solving

the particular challenge and give yourself

a realistic time frame to provide proposed

solutions. Finally, spend some time framing

your proposal, putting things into words will

assist you in testing your own solution sets.

Finally be patient, once you have put forward

your options, remember some things do take

some time to implement. Importantly your

options may not be adopted exactly as you

have put them forward but may in fact serve

as the catalyst for something that is much

bigger than you had originally envisaged.

The important think to remind yourself about

innovation is that it is a team sport and

ideas as they are germinated will very often

form just one element of something much


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Please help support our effort to raise $10,000 for beyondblue

HMAS Rankin will be walking the Bibbulmun Track end to end

during September. That’s 1000km in one month with a crew

of less than 60 people.

That’s $10 for every 1km walked. Please help us reach our goal

and raise awareness for those suffering from anxiety

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Follow our trek on Face book from 05Sep16 @HMASRANKIN


HMAS Rankin have committed to walking

the Bibbulmun Track during the month of

September in an effort to raise awareness

and $10,000 for beyondblue.

Over the past 18 months Rankin has lost two

crew members to the effects of depression

and anxiety. Due to the significant impact the

loss of our shipmates has had on the crew,

we are endeavouring to push ourselves to

the limit in an effort to help prevent such

devastating events impacting on other

families like ours.

The challenge that the crew have set for

themselves is to walk the 1000km Bibbulmun

Track from Kalamunda to Albany in less than

one month.

Divided into teams of four, each group will

take on a section of the track in a relay

fashion and attempt to conquer the lengthy


Rankin will be holding a number of

fundraising events throughout August and

September and hope that you will support

our cause and watch us succeed in bettering

ourselves and building a stronger team, and

to help us reach our goal.

You can follow our progress from 05

September 2016 on Face book @

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foundation can be made by going to https://

We hope you enjoy watching our progress

as we take on one of the world’s great long

distance walk trails. •




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and Awards


ASM with clasp Special OPs - AB McGill and CAPT Buckley.

Promotion - LS Goward and CAPT Buckley.

Bronze Level Commendation - LEUT Higgins.

CPO Parsons - Level 4 Engineering Authority.

Promotion - LS Zanki and CAPT Buckley.

Promotion - PO Elliott.

CPO Priddy - 20 Years RAN.

PO Crouch - 25 Years as a submariner.

Promotion - PO Tisdall and CAPT Buckley.

Promotion to Mid Shipman Semple.




EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

Remembering the Fallen –

U.S. Memorial Day

by: FT1(SS) Jean McKinney (USN)

ASC - fostering the

skills of their workforce

By Jeremy Roberts


With warm rays of sun shining through the

clouds at the Princess Royal Fortress Military

Museum in Albany, Western Australia, the

master of ceremonies calls the attendees

to the attention of the national anthems

for both Australia and the United States of

America. The anthems are a representation

of two proud nations that have had brave

and courageous men and women make

the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy

the freedoms we do today. The ceremony

was attended by serving United States and

Australian submariners, their families, exsubmariners,

and distinguished guests. On

this day they pay their respects to those

brave souls that will forever remain on eternal

patrol watching over American and Australian

Submariners every time we submerge in the

waters of the unknown.

The tolling of the bells is a remembrance

ceremony for the 52 USN Submarines and

the 3,505 men that were lost during WWII.

Their names and sacrifice forever etched in

history making way for more peaceful times.

As the names are read off by STS1(SS) Jake

Pendergrass (USN) and the bell is tolled

by FT1(SS) Jean McKinney (USN), all in

attendance grow to understand the sacrifice

made by American Submarines in WWII.

However they didn’t make that sacrifice


Almost 75 years ago, the Australians reached

out to the United States in its greatest hour

of need. Commander Richard Salazar, USN,

made mention that US Submariners found

parts, provisions, industrial facilities, and

the assistance of those who trusted the

United States could turn the tide of the war.

American submarines launched 521 patrols

from Australia and sank a total of 1,722,000

tons of shipping thanks to the courage,

bravery, and resolve of the Australians. Of

the 52 submarines lost during WWII, 16 had

sailed from Australia. The acts from that time

have forged a bond that remains strong to

this day.

Lest we forget.•

FT2(SS) Jean Mc Kinney Tolls the bell for lost submariners.

For Tamara White and Neil Chaplin, working

for ASC as part of the Submarine Enterprise

is more than a job.

“I understand the hardships the crews go

through at sea or when they are alongside

waiting for a repair. If I can do that little bit

extra to make their lives easier then I will,”

Neil said. He was a Royal Australian Navy

submariner for two decades before starting

with ASC in Perth.

Submarine engineer Tamara, 27, has a

personal connection to the Submarine

Force. Her partner, LEUT James Bolton,

is a submariner and set to go back to sea

next year.

“I have a heightened personal interest in the

integrity of the submarine. I am intensely

aware of what it would mean if we got

anything wrong,” Tamara said.

ASC employs more than 350 people in

Western Australia, known as ‘ASC West’, at

its Henderson maintenance facility and at the

Submarine Training School at HMAS Stirling.

As the Submarine Enterprise transitioned to

the 10+2 usage-upkeep cycle it will be ASC

West which is called upon to do more indepth

maintenance activity, keeping five out

of six Collins Class submarines in the west.

ASC’s CCSM Transition Project Manager,

Simon Rusiti, said the strategy was

succeeding, with submarine sustainment

performance and submarine availability

seeing big improvements on historical levels.

“The next challenge is for the Submarine

Enterprise to go ‘beyond benchmark’ in

coming years, consolidating the reforms of

the Coles Review,” said Simon.

Tamara studied chemical engineering at

Adelaide University and moved from ASC

in Osborne, South Australia, to ASC West

in 2014.

Tamara was promoted to be ‘lead engineer’

for the Intermediate Docking of HMAS

Dechaineux, considered a key stepping

stone towards more senior engineering

positions in the Submarine Enterprise.

Tamara was excited about the future, with

ASC ready to play a key role in the Future

Submarine project in Adelaide while also

ensuring a seamless transition to a multiclass

fleet with the Collins Class submarines

expected to continue operating into the


“It’s an exciting time in WA to be involved in

submarines as the Future Submarine project

takes shape in Adelaide and WA is relied

upon more and more for Collins Class fleet

work,” said Tamara.

She is currently working on a project to

use wearable technology, such as handsfree

video communication, to improve the

efficiency of maintenance inspections for

in-service submarines.

“WA is the perfect place to be for a young

submarine engineer – there is so much

growth happening and expected to continue.”

While Tamara and Neil may appear an ‘odd

couple’ – their diverse backgrounds are

being harnessed to solve the engineering

challenges faced at ASC West.

“I’ve learnt a lot from Neil in my time here,

such as new ways of looking at problems

and overcoming challenges – based on his

experience at sea,” said Tamara.

“In the west we are expected to come up

with solutions to problems quickly, because

we are on very tight time frames as in-service

submarines are on a very tight maintenance


With 23 years in the Royal Australian Navy,

including two decades in the Submarine

Neil and Tamara with HMAS Rankin.

Force, Neil brings a wealth of experience to

ASC and the Submarine Enterprise.

“I was on the commissioning crew of the first

Collins Class submarine HMAS Collins and

worked my way up the chain of command

to become Deputy Marine Engineering Officer

on submarines,” said Neil.

Even when he resigned from the RAN to

join ASC in July 2011, he didn’t lose all

connections with the RAN. He is married to

RAN Warrant Officer Patrisha Chaplin, and

they have two teenage sons, with the eldest

also considering a life in the Navy.

Neil has seen a significant improvement in

submarine sustainment.

“The Enterprise is improving every year – I

wish I had this sort of support when I was

on submarines!” said Neil.

“There are really good relationships

between Enterprise partners, as well as with

subcontractors,” said Neil.

Both Tamara’s and Neil’s expertise will be

put to good use in the Intermediate Docking

(ID) of HMAS Rankin, which recently returned

to ASC West for scheduled maintenance

after what was the longest deployment by a

Collins Class submarine.•




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Working Together


Fleet Logistics Support Element Submarines,

better known as FLSE SUBS, is now three

years old, providing dedicated logistics

support to the Submarine Force. FLSE

SUBS was stood up in July 2013, as one

of the outcomes of the Logistic Stream

Implementation Project (LSIP) which was part

of the Submarine Capability Improvement

Project (LSIP). As the organisation has

evolved, so too has the working relationship

between personnel within FLSE SUBS and

Submarine crews.

FLSE SUBS aims to enable good submarine

(SM) practice through the provision of

effective maritime logistics and supporting

the Submariner Maritime Logistics personnel

onboard. Good SM practice can be defined

as “well established and documented

techniques, methods, processes, activities,

incentives or rewards that are more effective

at delivering a particular outcome than any

other technique, method or process.” The

overarching intent of good SM practice is to

ensure the continued safety and well being of

submarines and their crews while operating

at an optimal and sustainable level, whilst

remaining undetected and achieving the

operational intent.

The team at FLSE SUBS celebrates their third birthday with a BBQ and cake.

SC) who is the cell manager, a LSML-SC

who is the cell supervisor, and two ABML-

SC sailors. There are also a food services

and a support operations cell, who oversee

catering and hotel services onboard the


However, it is the relationship between each

of the FLSE support cells and the submarine

crew that has been the key to the success

of the re-structured organisation. The MLO

acts as a ‘head of department’ for the

Submarine, and the Cell members liaise

with their counterparts onboard to ensure

enabling high quality logistics support to each

of the boats.

AB ML-SC Scott Partington (Waller Support Cell)

handing over stores to AB ML-SC Christian

Moyers (Waller)

AB ML-SC Christian Moyers issuing stores to PO Steven

Robinson onboard Waller.

FLSE SUBS has also been a Submariner

‘recruiting’ source. Some junior sailors

have requested postings to FLSE SUBS to

‘get a feel’ for Submarine Service before

volunteering. HMAS Waller offered to take

a FLSE SUBS member for a short period,

and AB Christian Moyers volunteered to

go. Following his brief sea ride in Waller AB

Moyers nominated for Submarine Service.

AB Warren-McCarthy working in FLSE SUBS


As some Submarine maintenance is carried

out at ASC in Adelaide, FLSE SUBS has had

the challenge of providing remote support

from Fleet Base West. This year, FLSE

SUBS sent a number of personnel across to

Adelaide, for short periods, to support both

HMA Submarines Farncomb and Waller.

FLSE SUBS was also lucky to maintain a

full-time presence in Adelaide through RAAF

Reservist FSGT Dominic Dempsey, who

is currently employed on Continuous Full

Time Service as the HMAS Farncomb Cell


FLSE SUBS, the organisation, came into

being just over three years ago. However, it

is the people within FLSE SUBS and onboard

the boats, working together, that has enabled

the timely and effective provision of logistics

support to the Submarines. Together this

has enabled the Submarines to continue

to achieve operational intent as a strategic


LEUT Gilkinson, MLO Dechaineux at Fleet Base West to

see HMAS Dechaineux departure for commencement of

her Sea Release Assurance Program.

FLSE SUBS is structured to provide dedicated

logistics support to five submarines. Each

Submarine is supported by a logistics

support cell within FLSE SUBS. Each cell

has a LEUT Maritime Logistics Officer (MLO),

a PO Maritime Logistics Supply Chain (ML-

LEUT Crannage, MLO Sheean and AB ML-SC Boonrod

(Sheean cell member) on location supporting Sheean’s

Self Maintenance Period underway at Subic Bay,


Right: Members of Sheean Support cell within

FLSE SUBS: LS ML-SC Grace Ransley and

AB ML-SC Shane Vaisey.

Supporting deployments is a very important

part of FLSE SUBS role, and FLSE SUBS

personnel regularly deploy to various port

visit locations in order to support their

submarine. Submarines are now starting to

conduct two-week Self Maintenance Periods

(SMP) in other ports, including overseas. The

SMPs also require a FLSE SUBS ML-SC

sailor on site to provide inventory support

to the Submarine for the duration of these

maintenance activities.

“Working at FLSE SUBS is a challenging, fast

paced environment. There are many different

roles throughout FLSE SUBS that you can

work in, such as: the warehouse, the office

and the Submarine Distribution Point (located

on the Submarine Wharf at Fleet Base West)

to name a few. With so many jobs, it can

become a little difficult sometimes, though

due to having so many “Storbies” in the

one work place, you will always have the

knowledge, support and experience to help

get you through your tasks. Over my time at

FLSE SUBS, I have gained lots of experience

and skills, but most importantly, I have made

many lifelong friends” said ABML-SC Natalie


FSGT Dempsey, with his daughter Michelle, at Australian Submarine Corporation, Adelaide SA.




EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

Submariners at

Bastille Day 2016


Story by ABEWSM Tawhi “Tuffy” Eru

Images SGT Janine Fabre

Firstly, I would like to express how thankful I am

for being selected for this opportunity. With the

help of my divisional chain, a nomination was

submitted for my initial expression of interest.

With only a few personnel being chosen for

this privilege, the selection criteria was strict.

Overall, only four submariners were chosen

to represent the submarine force. Those who

were selected were a mixture of personnel from

across the navy, currently serving in various

roles within the ADF.

A total of 140 members across Army, Air

force and Navy made the transit to Randwick

Barracks in Sydney to complete necessary

briefs, uniform checks and a recap on parade

drill. Initially, it appeared that a small number

of people had probably not performed parade

drill since recruit school; nevertheless, the next

two weeks provided an ample amount of time

to achieve a high level of drill standard for the

2016 Bastille Day Parade.

Following all checks and rehearsals we

commence our travel to Darwin, Ali Mithi airbase

in Abu Dhabi then onto Paris. On arrival in Paris

we were once again briefed on local customs

and protocol. With a motorcade escort, we

made out way to the Jules Hardouin Military

Academy School in Saint Cyr I’École 20kms

outside of the Paris city limits.

While upholding Navy values both in and out of

uniform we were granted leave to explore the

sights of Paris. Many made the commute to the

city via train with an eager sense of adventure,

visiting the beautiful and wonderful sights of

la tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), Notre Dame, the

catacombs and the Louvre just to name a few.

With the high level of military presence it didn’t

deter the hundreds of tourist populating these

famous sights.

The Submariner Contingent L-R: LSMTSM Ryan Wilson, LCDR Daniel Booth, ABEWSM Tawhi Eru,

POCISSM Kim Durbin in front of Jules Hardouin Military Academy School in Saint Cyr I’École.

The following days would be a large focus on

drill, firearms and parade training conducted at

the parade ground and on De-Champs Elysees.

This was to insure that all tri-service personnel

were performing to the highest standard of drill

for the event.

Being exposed to working in a tri-service

environment presented a unique opportunity to

expand working relationships. Performing duties

as an ADF contingent and representing Australia

on an international platform.

We took the opportunity to experience both

French culture and French military history

through organised group tours. We visited

places such as The Palace of Versailles (King

Louis XIV summer house.) and the Église

Saint-Louis-des-Invalides. (King Louis XIV final

resting place.)

Bastille Day commenced with an early morning

start; drawing weapons for the parade, final

uniform inspections and the commute to the

city. This day was truly like our ANZAC Day,

an event that unites the nation. There was a

huge sense of honour, pride and French flags

lining the city for this very special occasion. As

Australia was the nation of honour, this marked

a once in a four generation opportunity for the

ADF. It may be a while before Australia may be

in this position again and it was an honour to be

in Paris and march in their Bastille Day Parade.

Once again this was a unique opportunity and a

fantastic way to represent the Submarine Force,

Navy and the Australian Defence Force.•

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EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

Perisher Qualified – Meet our

newest Submarine Captains

By LCDR Barry Carmichael

Torpedo Maintenance

Facility-HMAS Stirling



The RAN gained two new submarine

command qualified officers in LCDR Barry

Carmichael and LCDR Dan Sutherland on

the 23 April when the Dutch submarine

HNLMS WALRUS surfaced in the vicinity

of Glasgow, Scotland on completion of the

2016 Netherlands Submarine Command

Course (NLSMCC).

The course proved to be a challenging few

months for all the potential candidates who

were put through their paces in all aspects

of submarine operations. Activities included

Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti Surface

Warfare (ASUW), Special Forces Operations

and shallow water operations including

bottom contour navigation.

Run from the combined Netherlands and

Belgium Operations School (NLBEOPS) in

Den Helder; the NLSMCC, or Perisher as it

is more commonly known, is a sixteen week

program split into two shore-sea phases

focussed on safety and tactical objectives.

The course is designed to test the student’s

mental fortitude, resilience and tactical

proficiency as well as their ability to train

and lead their team in a variety of war-like

situations when under pressure and fatigued.

The ‘safety’ phase is four weeks of simulator

assessment followed by one week at sea

in the Norwegian fjords. The students

demonstrate that they are able to maintain

safety on multiple contacts at periscope

depth. This phase is as much about Teacher

gaining trust in his students as it is the

students gaining trust in their own abilities.

Commander Submarine Force, CAPT Matt Buckley is flanked by the RAN’s newest Submarine Command Qualified

Officers, LCDR Barry Carmichael (left of photo) and LCDR Dan Sutherland (right of photo).

The Torpedo Maintenance Facility (TMF),

located at HMAS Stirling, was built in 1996

and commissioned in 1997, following the

RAN Submarine Force relocation from HMAS

Platypus to Stirling. This new facility was

built to provide for torpedo support in the

vicinity of the predominant torpedo user, the

Submarine Force; with torpedoes for aircraft

and ships, not based in WA, being shipped

to the East. It was initially responsible for the

preparation and maintenance of a multitude

of weapons; including the Mk48 Mod 4

Heavyweight torpedo (HWT), Mk46 Mod 1

& 5 Lightweight torpedoes (LWT) and the

Encapsulated Harpoon Certification and

Training Vehicle (EHCTV). It also undertook

maintenance of the RNZN Mk46 Mod 2 LWT.

The workforce numbered approximately 70

staff, comprising retired ex-service personnel

and APS, with three original staff transferring

from the RAN Torpedo Maintenance

establishment at Orchard Hills, NSW.

Over the years TMF has been modified and

extended to accommodate both APS and

uniform engineering and logistic staff, moving

away from being solely a maintenance facility.

TMF currently operates under the direction

of Navy Guided Weapons System Program

Office – West (NGWSPO-W). The current

Sustainment Director for NGWSPO-W is

Captain Ljiljana Bradley RAN.

TMF is the only facility, resident in Australia,

with the ability to maintain and prepare the

Collins Class Submarine’s Mk 48 ADCAP

Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar

System Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT). The

TMF is in transition to support and maintain

the Mk 54 LWT (the replacement for the Mk

46 torpedo), which can be delivered from

the MH60 Romeo helicopter and the new P8

Poseidon Maritime patrol aircraft. THALES

Australia work alongside the TMF staff to

maintain the new EUROTORP torpedo the

MU90, for the RAN surface fleet.

The facility currently has 56 civilian

APS employees, three uniformed RAAF

personnel (working in LWT maintenance

and engineering positions), and 17 Navy

personnel; employed on permanent or

temporary duty. The Navy personnel are

employed in torpedo maintenance and

logistics, utilising their Navy training; and

gaining valuable experience in fields outside

of their standard category of employment.

This broadened work scope is expected to

enhance uniform staff skills, competence

and confidence, that will translate to

improved outcomes when they return to

ship, submarine, or squadron employment.

The Navy personnel are employed under the

direction of Mr Richard Lowe who believes

that the sailors are performing in roles that

support torpedo and EHCTV availability for

the fleet. Mr Lowe states “for each sailor

trained as a Weapon Maintainer, within the

Authorised Maintenance Organisation, they

provide approx 1130 maintenance hours

each per year. This equates to approx 2.5

Mk 48 practice weapons per person per

year, as the average end to end process

for turning an Mk 48 torpedo is approx 450

man-hours”. He further adds that “sailors

are offered J standard soldering courses, EO

courses and weapon theory courses on an

opportunity basis.”

This additional training not only enables the

RAN maintainers to be more effective in

the TMF but also offers the opportunity to

develop technical mastery in these weapons.

The Navy technical supervisor was POET

Brown who had been posted to TMF for

almost three years. Prior to his recent posting

to HMAS Perth he was responsible for the

technical supervision of four ABETSM’s,

four ATV’s and three ABET's. POATV Cace,

who joined in early 2016, has assumed the

responsibility for technical supervision.

PO Brown deems this posting to be a

fantastic challenge both technically

and administratively. He states “We are

On return to the NLBEOPS four more weeks

are spent on the “tactical’ sea phase. The

students complete a number of inshore

operations, ASW runs, Zero-Gyro angle

attacks, underwater looks and bottom

contour navigation operations. On successful

completion of the shore phase students are

taken to sea once again for the real thing,

operating as “Duty CO” of a Dutch submarine

in waters off the UK.

The course culminated on 23 April back

in the Firth of Clyde where Commander

Submarine Force, CAPT Matt Buckley met

his successful candidates.

“I am very proud of the efforts of the two

RAN Graduates who demonstrated great

resilience, leadership and tactical acumen

over an extensive period of intense training

and assessment. Perisher is an important

career milestone for these Officers who

are now qualified to Command an RAN

submarine, CAPT Buckley said.

….. and still time for a brew.

The finalisation of the course occurred on the

following day with the now traditional Perisher

Breakfast where LCDRs Carmichael and

Sutherland were welcomed “to the club”.•

Navy Guided Weapons Systems Program Office-West staff group photograph at HMAS Stirling.




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esponsible for the maintenance and defect

rectification on all weapon types. As to be

expected, the maintenance standards are

extremely high and the quality assurance

process is rigorous. All TMF procedures for

maintenance and maintenance administration

are detailed and precise. I have gained a

greater appreciation in keeping documentary

evidence accurate for inspections, which are

frequently initiated.”

PO Brown also adds “My posting to TMF

has been extremely rewarding and a

pleasant experience. I have felt privileged

to take on a role representing Navy, working

alongside the APS staff at TMF. I would

recommend a posting to TMF to others

as it presents a valuable opportunity to

broaden their experience, make a positive

contribution at TMF and allow for technical

mastery to be developed. This posting also

provides the opportunity to work away from

a predominantly uniformed workforce and

interact with our APS equivalents. I would

be a willing volunteer for future postings to


Recently four ABETSM billets were re-located

to TMF and these positions were quickly

filled. ABETSM Fruscke goes on to say “I

started my posting at TMF in January 2016,

following a sea posting to HMAS Sheean.

At TMF I am required to work alongside

our aviation and civilian counterparts, in all

areas of torpedo and EHCTV maintenance.

I have been involved in the repair of systems

down to component level and performed

repairs on circuit cards, instead of sending

the item away for repair by contractor or

manufacturer. This work is achieved utilising

extremely strict standards and procedures

to ensure that all TMF policies are adhered

to. I have set myself some fairly high goals

for my posting to TMF. I want to leave this

position being the best technical sailor that I

can be, knowing that my depth of technical

knowledge has improved vastly, during my


An additional two SM billets are planned to

be established in FY2016/17, these being for

Inventory Control (LS ML-SC SM) and Stock

Control (AB ML-SC SM). There is a further

intention to create additional technical and

logistic SM positions over the next few years.

Another Able Seaman recently posted to

TMF is ABETSM Zdjelarevic who states “I

have been working at TMF for approximately

five months and thoroughly enjoy it.

My work at the TMF entails breaking down

Mk48 exercise weapons, to the lowest

replaceable level and re-building the engine

section, including functional and vacuum

tests. It takes roughly a week to build up an

engine and 3-4 days to break down the whole

weapon. After posting off HMAS Rankin and

coming to this facility I have embraced the

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Anthony Zdjelarevic

uses a piston ring expander to adjust a piston ring from

the engine section of a MK48 Heavyweight torpedo.

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Matthew Dockrill conducts a routine inspection between the after body and

fuel cell of a MK48 Heavyweight torpedo.

Navy and Air Force personnel in the Torpedo Maintenance.

change in my working environment and

enjoy an excellent work-life balance. There

is a constant workload at TMF allowing for

plenty of hands on experience. Each day is

different, allowing exposure to a variety of

technical areas that I expect to enhance my

overall technical skill sets”.

If you are professional, tenacious and resilient

and interested in a posting to TMF as part

of your ET career plan, TMF can offer you a

varied and interesting job that will assist in

your professional development. All enquires

should be directed to your Career Manager

at NPCMA WEST, via your Divisional Staff.•

Something I will

never forget …..

By POCISSM I.F. Crouch

I joined the RAN almost 30 years ago, and

in that time I have amassed quiet a few

memories of my time in the service, good,

bad and ugly.

However, one of favourite recollections is

also one of my first. At 24, after working

for almost 10 years in various jobs ranging

from storeman to undertaker I decided to do

something different with my life, so I joined

the Navy in 1989.

I originally joined as a Clearance Diver, but

due to medical issues I found myself in the

situation where I could be stuck as blocks

party (which back then meant cleaning toilet

blocks and vacuuming floors) for a year and

then possibly being able to start another dive

course or change rate to another category.

Now before I joined the Navy I did not even

know we had submarines, but decided that

it was just the challenge I wanted. As a result

six months later I found myself as a Part III

baby Underwater Controller (UC) on HMAS

Oxley on the Gallipoli Deployment around the


In mid May, we pulled into Souda Bay,

Crete, and during our time there I managed

to get a day off (Day off, you’re a Part III

not a tourist), with another Part III, ‘Chook’

Fouler. So in the spirit of adventure we

decided to abandon the town and head for

the hills. We secured the use of a couple of

40cc motorised bikes and left the coastal

plane (small flat bit) and ventured up into the

mountainous regions of Crete.

After several hours, we found ourselves going

through this little half horse town (this place

was not even big enough to be called a one

horse town). As we went down the main

(only) road of the town we were surprised

to see and old man standing in the middle

of it as we roared flat out (about 25 kph)

into town. He just stood there, watching us

and as we parted around him, me to one

side, Chook to the other, he stopped us by

pivoting as we went passed and with each

of his hands plucked us off the bikes, held

us aloft and carried us into an official looking

building and released us.

With a gnarled hand and a booming

voice, “SIT” he admonished us. So rather

apprehensively we sat wondering exactly

what obscure laws we had broken and

exactly how much trouble were we in. As he

appraised us and I him, I was not so sure we

had done anything wrong and it turns out I

was correct.


POCISSM Ian Crouch is presented a Certificate of Appreciation for 25 years service in the Royal Australian Navy by

the COMSUB CAPT Matt Buckley, CSC, RAN.

Stavros was his name, he was 76 years old

and he was the Mayor, Police Chief, and

various other sundry jobs in his little town

(the name of which is sadly lost to memory.)

He was also, during the occupation of Crete

during the war, a resistance fighter.

“You Aussie yes?” was his next statement,

(I think), his English was almost non existent

and our Greek was even worse, but we

did manage to assure him of our country

of origin. “Good” he boomed and retreated

to the rear of the Café/Courthouse/Police

station which seem to be his place of work

and well as his home, and returned with a

platter of goat, several local cheeses and a

clear liquid called as best as I can recollect

as Rakki.

We spent the next several hours being wined

and dined by Stavros. Funnily enough, as the

Rakki flowed the language barrier descended

into an area somewhere between ancient

Mesopotamian and Double Dutch and we

seemed to be able to understand each other

easily and he told us his story.

During THE war he was attached to a partisan

unit that also had two Australians that had

been left behind during the evacuation. They

spent several years raising hell against the


During an operation that went pear shaped

Stavros had been injured severely. His Aussie

friend ‘Bill’ carried him around the mountains

for three days before they could shake

pursuit and get to a doctor.

The others wanted to leave him, but ‘Bill’

would not leave a mate behind.

Stavros then took a photograph down from

the wall; it was a group of around a dozen

men in ragged clothes and brisling with

guns. He pointed out himself and Bill, and

explained to us that he was the last of his

group and when he passed none would

remember ‘Bill’ or what he had done; now

someone would.

Next to his photo in a new frame there was

another photo, obviously the front page of

one of the local papers that showed the

Oxley and taking about it being the first

Australian Submarine to visit Crete. He took

that down too, opened it up and asked us

to sign it, so he would have something to

remember his new Aussie mates by.

It was an amazing afternoon, spent with an

amazing old man who taught us the spirit of

the ANZAC’s was alive and well in the hearts

of the people of Crete half a century after

the fact.

I often wonder does that signed picture of

the Submarine still hang on the wall next to

those brave men.•




EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

I told you I was joining

the Navy ….

By POML-SSM Kerry Cousins

The Odd things

Submariners do for Fun

By CPOMTSM Andy Keay


It was after ANZAC Day in Sydney 13 years

ago that I told my father I was going to join

the Navy, he is ex Navy and spent 20 years

in the service. Needless to say he did not

believe me, so, as many who know me would

not see me shy from a challenge; from that

point on it was game on!

Having raced through the application process

I joined Recruit School as an Officer Steward

on 29 Sep 2003. My first interaction with

Submarines was when one of the boats

conducted a port visit to Sydney where I

managed to have a tour of HMAS Rankin.

I remember walking up to Capt Buckley

who was XO at the time, and giving him

the charriest salute you’ve ever seen. I was

immediately hooked and made the big move

to Perth in August 2005 to start my career as

a steward in submarines.

HMAS Rankin was my first submarine posting

as a ‘Part 3’ and I qualified for my Dolphins

on 10 August 2005 on HMAS Dechaineux.

I then served on HMAS Collins followed

closely by HMAS Farncomb. I left the west to

go to Fleet Headquarters in June 2007 where

I was lucky enough to be Fleet Commanders

valet for RADM Nigel Coates for two years.

I then took some time off to have my

daughter, Hailey. Hailey is now seven and

during the last seven years I have been

posted to FLSE - SUBS and completed

a two year posting to HMAS Sheean. As

a mother who had not spent more than a

week away from her daughter this was a

little daunting however, I had a great support

system of family and friends as-well as the

Command team and COB onboard.

I have recently been promoted to Petty Officer

and was fortunate enough to have been

posted to Training Authority-Submarines as

the Submarine Qualification Team Leader.

My team and I under the direction of Warrant

Officer Mark Budden, (‘Buds’) and Chief

Petty Officer John Farrell are responsible

for the trainees during their submarine sea

qualification phase.

As a team, we liaise with the Submarines to

provide the best training opportunities for

the trainee’s including sea days, alongside

duties and training opportunities so they

can complete their Collins Class Submarine

Sea Qualification Task Book. On completion

of their task books, trainees are then

given various scenario based assistance

in preparation for their board, which is

held at the Submarine Training Systems

Centre (STSC). Once qualified the sailors are

presented with their Dolphins at an award

ceremony followed by a BBQ at STSC. We

are also responsible for all divisional matters

which has been a massive learning curve

for myself as I have always been the sole

steward either on boats or as a valet.

In the 5 months I have been here at STSC

so far, we have awarded 44 trainees of

varying rates and rank their dolphins. I feel

privileged to be involved in the process and

enjoy seeing the trainee’s progress from

completion of Initial Collins Class Course to

being awarded their dolphins and becoming

part of the family. I cannot think of any other

career I would want to have and I am thankful

for the paths that have recently been afforded

to Maritime Logistic Submariners.•

Well it finally happened, after 44 years in

full time Defence service I’d managed to

convince the Navy to allow me to indulge in

some of this flexible working arrangement –

also known as Reserve Diary Days.

So the question is what do I do now that I

don’t have to worry about how much yearly

leave I have accrued, while still being a

contributing member of SUBFOR and the

wider Navy?

Well for some it’s a chance to spend more

time with family or support your local ESO 1

– Hmm kids are all grown up and off doing

their own thing and I probably don’t need any

extra temptation to sit in an Ex Service club

telling warries, so that’s probably not me; or

you can go and indulge in something that’s

your real passion in life!

For me this passion is cycling in some exotic

foreign location and if you can add some type

of positive benefit to the local population, then

so much the better. Researching the available

cycling destinations and tour options I settled

on a tour run by an Australian company

based in Hanoi in Vietnam. The ride basically

ticked all my boxes in that the distance was

reasonable, some 540Km over seven days of

riding on rural Vietnamese roads (more about

those roads later), the location was exotic

and included a presentation of a brand new

bicycle to an underprivileged Vietnamese

school child.

For those of us who do not know, the

Socialist State of Vietnam does not provide

free education for its people. The average

cost of educating a child currently runs about

5 million Vietnamese Dong (VND)/ per six

months of schooling. When you consider

that the average wage in Vietnam equates

to 1.5 – 4 million VND per month and most

Vietnamese families have more than one

child, this imposes a significant strain on the

income of an average family. Therefore to be

considered “underprivileged” in Vietnamese

society generally means that your parents are

low paid manual workers or that one or both

of your parents are deceased.

Even with this significant financial obstacle in

the way, attendance by Vietnamese children

at school is nearly 99%, as their families’ view

education as a way out of the poverty trap.

So to receive a brand new bicycle (valued at

$50 AUD) is a significant boost to a family

that probably earns less a year than I spend

on bicycle spare parts! It also enables the

child to transit faster between the home and

the school, therefore enabling them to fulfil

their family obligations without impacting their

ability to attend school.

So with logistics all sorted, wife in agreement

to come along as a non cyclist we arrived

in Hanoi in late March 2016. The first thing

noticeable about Hanoi is that it was 18

degrees, overcast and not a single jungle

looking palm tree in sight. Time to run out

and buy that jacket I left behind!

Once settled in to the hotel it was time to

learn the Vietnamese road system. Firstly,

being a former French colony they drive

on the wrong side of the road. Or more

appropriately, ride motorbikes on the wrong

side of the road. However it is all done with

that French flair and seems to work quite

well, even though no one actually seems

to know what the road rules are. While this

“learning to cross a road” may seem trivial

to most tourists, when you are expected to

climb aboard a bike and cross 8 converging

lanes into a large roundabout flooded with

motor bikes the next day, getting a handle

on how the locals do things takes on a whole

other meaning!

The next day arrived and it was off for our

first ride around Hanoi and the surrounding

country. The road system around Hanoi

is generally well maintained, if somewhat

confusing, however we weren’t here to

simply ride the tourist routes. Off we went

along service roads that make Mews Road in

Fremantle look like a German autobahn! But

the whole experience was worth it, including

the roundabout adventure as well as crossing

over the road/rail bridge designed by M. Eiffel

that survived the attention of American B52

aircraft during the war. Ride one completed

if a little shaken but not stirred!

The next section of the ride took us to the

old imperial city of Hue and a morning visit

to the citadel, before an easy afternoon cycle

around the local district. Unfortunately, part

of this easy ride consisted of a section along

Highway One. Imagine cycling up the coast

road to Henderson 2 with semi trailers and 40

seater buses overtaking each other on the

hills or blind corners and then you get the

idea. Time for some refreshment and a swim

in the hotel pool!

Next morning brought the start of the serious

cycling, with that nights destination the small

town of Lan Co and the approaches of Hai

Van pass. Not a great distance from Hue by

highway, but as I said we weren’t here to ride

the easy route. Six hours later and 60+ Km of

rural road in 35 degree heat and sunshine we

arrived in Lan Co. Time for some refreshment

and a swim in the pool! Although with Hai

Van pass, one of my personal challenges,

first up in the morning most opted for an

early night.

Hai Van pass – Top Gear 3 describes it as “a

deserted ribbon of perfection” - deserted

except for motorbikes and cows! From a

cyclists perspective the reality is 10 Km of

8 – 10% switchbacks with no chance of a

break until you reach the summit. One hour

20 minutes (at the one hour point I began

questioning why I was doing this for fun!! )

after leaving Lan Co the old French watch

towers finally came into view. Probably one of

the slowest ride times I’ve ever done, but I’d

made the top without stopping. Now for the

payoff, 50+Km/hour going down the other

side dodging tour buses and trucks (and

motorbikes) coming up, all on Vietnamese


ESO – Ex - Serviceman’s Organisation.


Henderson – A suburb near Rockingham in Western Australia.


Top Gear – A popular BBC TV motoring show.




EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

oads! Yippee, Da Nang and China Beach

never looked so good. One item ticked off

the bucket list! Well at least until I do it again

next year.

After a couple of nights break in “Cui Dai

Beach” and “Hoi An” - old town, and allowing

for some retail therapy, it was off again. First

by boat transfer to a fishing village – which

I’m sure was simply to remind us that we

were in Asia – where we then remounted the

bikes for the trip to the town of Tam Ky. It was

in Tam Ky where we would present the bikes

to the school children.

The general idea of this tour is that it runs

through parts of Vietnam that rarely see

westerners. Tam Ky as a town didn’t actually

exist until the Government of Vietnam

decided to create an administrative centre

some 20 years ago. As such westerners and

in particular tourists are extremely rare here.

The town is typical of Socialist Government

constructions – large wide boulevards,

parks full of patriotic art work and loads of

government buildings, all a bit reminiscent

of Russell precinct in Canberra. Needless to

say we were somewhat surprised to arrive

at what appeared to be a copy of a 1930’s

French villa, the headquarters of the Red

Cross in this area. Very Vietnamese!

Waiting for us were eight Vietnamese school

children in immaculate school uniforms and

Mr. Chairman.

Our Vietnamese guide asked each of the

children, who ranged in age from 6 to 14, to

give a brief overview of themselves. Without

a doubt each child’s story was one of loss

or hardship. Most had lost one parent, with

one actually having lost both. However each


WHS - Work Health and Safety.

one had overcome their individual adversity

to become a high achiever in school and in

their community.

In the case of the young lady I presented

with a bike, her mother worked 16 hours a

day as a market seller, while her father was a

construction labourer. Given that WHS 4 isn’t

a real big issue in Vietnam, his outlook for a

long life isn’t all that great. Couple that with

the thought that these types of workers are

poorly paid for long hours and no welfare

system, then you get the picture of what real

poverty is like.

Bearing in mind that the girl is only 13 years

of age, when she spoke about herself she did

so in flawless English. This from a girl who

lives in a 3rd world country where English

isn’t yet widely spoken, then you get the idea

of the drive to achieve these children have.

There is a point here that some Australian

children should take notice of!

As previously mentioned, the point of

donating the bikes is so that the journey

to and from school can be made more

efficiently. Most of these children don’t have

the luxury of going home to play with the X

box or spend time surfing the net. These kids

go home to work. Whether it’s in the family

rice field or at the family business, they go

home to work to help support their family!

There is also one up side to cycling to school

in Vietnam. Anybody who has ever been

caught on the roads of rural Vietnam at

school change time, very quickly realises that

the ride home for the children is their biggest

social event of the day. It’s the time when

they actually get to be children! I tell you what

– there ain’t no road rage against cyclist’s in

rural Vietnam. The whole experience of being

caught amongst hundreds of well behaved,

polite children does give us older blokes

hope for the future!

With the official part of the ride over and all

the participants feeling that we had actually

achieved something worthwhile, it was off to

the hotel for some refreshment and a swim

in the pool. Unfortunately with Tam Ky being

a government town in the Socialist mould,

nightlife was somewhat restricted to the point

that most restaurants are closed by 1930.

As such an early night was enjoyed by all;

another reason why tourists don’t generally

visit here.

The following day it was off again, however

the happy euphoria of the previous afternoon

was soon to be tempered by a history lesson.

The ride also takes in the My Lai – Son My

Memorial from what the Vietnamese call the

American War and we call the Vietnam War.

To say that a visit to this memorial leaves you

with a profound feeling of sadness would be

an understatement. Those of us who are old

enough to remember what occurred here in

1968 will not need reminding of one of the

more darker points of the war. For those

that are too young to know what happened

I’ll leave the explanation to Dr Google or Mr

Wikipedia. Needless to say the rest of the

afternoon ride was completed in a somewhat

sombre mood.

Over the following two days we cycled an

average of 100 Km per day. Did I mention

the state of rural roads in Vietnam? The

event culminated with an ascent of Fish

Pass, another of these wonderful 8-10%

switchback climbs, with the ride completing

at the junction with Highway 1.

Then it was off to the (mainly) Russian tourist

town of Nha Trang, located on the shores of

beautiful Cam Ranh Bay. During the Cold

War era this part of Vietnam was home to a

large part of the Soviet Far East Fleet. Today

however there is nothing left to remind the

average tourist of this part of recent historical

events. The whole bay area is now under

going a vast transformation into Vietnam’s

version of the Gold Coast, particularly with a

view to attracting english speaking tourists.

There are however still four Aeroflot flights

direct to Moscow daily and you are still given

restaurant menu’s written in both Vietnamese

and Russian – makes for an interesting time

when ordering a meal!

With that and after the obligatory beach

party, where we taught the Vietnamese

Doctor how to play beach cricket, it was off

to HCM or as it’s commonly called Saigon.

Our arrival in a city I could only describe as

Sydney on steroids, signalled the end of

what had been a demanding but ultimately

satisfying experience. A satisfying experience

I will be repeating next year, as the challenge

is now set to do the whole journey in a faster

time, while also being a year older.•

Ultra Man -

Today I am an Ultra Runner in the true sense

of the word. I have not always been an ultrarunner,

in fact I’ve not always been a runner,

more an occasional jogger who thought he

was a runner. That has all changed. Today

I am standing at the start of the Badwater

Ultra-marathon in Death Valley, Nevada. It is

2300 and already 44 Degrees Celsius. The

moon has just risen, there is a light wind

behind my back, I am 85 meters below sea

level, I make note that is below safe depth.

I have 217km ahead of me to the finish line

(think Fremantle to Busselton). The finish is at

8500 feet, 1200 feet higher than the summit

of Kosciuszko. I am relaxed and comfortable

with the task ahead of me. It’s just running

after all, simple, one foot in front of the other.

Which strikes me as odd given Badwater is

touted as the toughest foot race on earth.

Time to find out.

Unbeknownst to me the journey to Badwater

began 10 years ago. In command of patrol

boat I wanted to keep fit, so I decided, much

to the crew’s amusement, to run 5km every

afternoon around the deck. It was not easy,

I was overweight and running on a moving

deck is a challenge at the best of times. I

ran my first half-marathon in 2008, followed

by a marathon in short order. I was hooked.

I lost weight, I felt fitter and my resilience

improved, as did my ability to handle stress

and demands of being at sea and long hours


I’ve since made it my mission to run and race

whenever I can, wherever I may find myself.

I’ve been fortunate to race in the US, UK,

France, Italy, South Africa, Nepal and New


You don’t just wake up and decide to race

Badwater. The race is by invitation and only

100 applicants are accepted each year.

This was my year. I thought I had enough

runs on the board (37 ultra-marathons

and 30 marathons) to be competitive. The

application is similar to applying for a job,

it took me an hour to complete and then it

was in.

To be successful at Badwater you need

the training in your legs, the right mental

preparation and exposure to heat (given

temperatures on race day exceed 50 C). I

committed to running at least 160km each

week. I immersed myself in race reports,

maps and developed a strategy with my crew

that would not only get me over the finish

line, but within the top 20 finishers in under

30 hours. As a submariner we have that

ability to think outside the box, to commit to

that which would leave others behind. I often

reflected on my training and experience in

submarines as I prepared to run this race.

It is 80 percent in your head. The physical

act is easy. The mental task for a race of this

proportion is epic.

I don’t consider myself a particularly gifted

athlete, more likely just stubborn and I don’t

give up. In reality I have learned how to tame

my ego, control my thoughts and really

focus on a task. Running extreme endurance

events has taught me about myself. It started

with an easy 5 km around a ship. I know

many ultra-runners that started at Park Runs.

It’s never too late. As someone once said:

“do yourself a favour”, go for a run. You’ll

get fit, enjoy the camaraderie with other like

minded folk and your resilience will increase;

all good traits in dealing with life and the

demands of serving (in submarines) at the

forefront of our nation’s strategic deterrent.


Dave gained his Submarine Qualification

in 1997 on HMAS Collins, his career in

submarines included postings to HMAS

Waller (twice), HMAS Farncomb, HMAS

Sheean and as the commissioning XO in

HMAS Rankin. More recently he served as


“Styr labs Badwater 135”

By CMDR Dave Graham

Dave Crossing the Finishing line – Job Done!!

the Deputy Director Submarine Personnel in

Submarines Branch in Canberra. Aside from

his SM career Dave has also served as, CO

of an ACPB (winning the Kelly Shield), in the

UK Sea training Group on exchange, as XO

Creswell, and Secretary to COMAUSFLT.

Dave is currently on CO Desig course before

assuming command of a Major Fleet Unit.•

A true challenge.




EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

Growing up a poster

child for Defence

By Tamara Robinson

The start of an

exciting journey

By LEUT Dhananjay Gangurde


It’s a scenario most Defence families can

relate to—a child saying good-bye to a

parent who is heading off on deployment.

But this farewell was caught on camera and

a poignant moment between a little boy and

his dad became an iconic image for Defence.

Jack Dennis was just four years old when the

image was snapped of him farewelling his

submariner father, who at that time was Able

Seaman Jamie Dennis, as Jamie departed

from Fleet Base West.

“All I remember is that I felt sad because I

knew I wouldn’t see Dad for a while,” said


But his mother, Chief Petty Officer Karen

Dennis, has clear memories of the occasion.

“We were on the wharf farewelling Jamie,

when he squatted down to put his forehead

on Jack’s and said 'Cookie, you are going to

be the man of the house while I am away, so

I need you to look after your mum and your

sisters. Can you do that for me?’”

It was a very special moment and one she

has never forgotten.

“I love that photo because I know what his

father said, and that it gave Jack strength

after his dad went away for months,” said


With two parents as serving members in

the Navy, Jack and sisters Jaide, Demi and

Jessi have had many opportunities to say


“I really miss Mum and Dad when they have

to go away for a long time, especially when I

was younger,” said Jack.

“But, as I have grown up, I am able to cope

better with the separation.”

And those separations may well have

influenced Jack’s future career path.

“Hearing Mum and Dad talk about places

they go to while away makes me envious. I

want to join the Navy so I can travel around

the world too.”

Eleven years after the photo that made him

a poster child on Defence publications, Jack

is now 15. He plans to finish year 12 and

Jack and his parents, Jamie and Karen, at Fleet Base West. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko.

The image of four-year-old Jack has been in use throughout Defence Community

Organisation for the past 10 years. Photo used with permission.

apply to join the Navy as

a helicopter pilot.

Karen said, “I am very

proud of Jack in his

aspiration to become a

Navy Pilot and I’ll support

him in whatever way I can

to help make his dream

come true.” •

My name is LEUT Dhananjay Gangurde

or ‘DJ’ to my friends (in fact pretty much

everybody as its easier to say!), and I am

currently posted to Training Authority-

Submarine up at the Submarine Training

and Systems Centre as a Submarine Marine

Engineer Officer under training.

I was born in Mumbai where my family still

remain and, before moving to Brisbane

in 2006, I did a degree in Mechanical

Engineering. I went on to achieve a Masters

of Mechanical Engineering from the University

of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane and spent

some time working in Townsville.

I still remember, growing up as a kid, being

fascinated by many extreme engineering

projects. Rockets, space shuttles, satellites,

the space station, bridges, submarines,

fighter planes were some of the things that

always intrigued me. I always believed “If it’s

bold; it’s beautiful” and any projects that I

thought were bold had my attention. I was

amazed by people that challenged limits

and succeeded and I wanted to be a part of

something similar. Maybe that’s one of the

reasons why I once dreamt of becoming an


Prior to joining the Navy, I had a professional

career as an acoustics engineering consultant

working with an environmental consultancy

company. I worked on a number of acoustic

projects including such diverse areas as

environmental and occupational noise

impact assessments, underwater fauna noise

surveillance, and aircraft noise. Although I

spent a couple of years doing great work

which I enjoyed, I really wanted a career in


Whilst at Uni I knew I was interested in a

career in Navy and, now an Australian citizen,

I applied to join in 2013. I knew this move

would mean a drastic change in my career

and lifestyle and this would be no ordinary

job, but a job that could take me to new

places. A role that would keep me involved

in fitness and sports, provide training and

advance my engineering skills, and offer me

a dynamic and challenging environment to

learn and work, including the gateway into

the Submarine service.

If you are looking at joining the Navy or the

Defence Force in general, below are some

points you may find helpful

with the recruiting process.

1. Remember it’s a

professional job

interview. Dress smartly

and present yourself in a

professional manner for

all recruiting interviews.

2. Know the trade or job

you are applying for. I

recommend talking to

defence personnel

within the same areas

that interest you. You can

check the defence jobs

website or contact your

nearest Defence Force

Recruiting (DFR) Centre.

3. Have an understanding

of the basic training

requirements and career


4. Have a broad knowledge of defence

force general activities, nationally and

internationally. I recommend watching

the news and checking defence service

newspapers at the DFR.

And remember - achieve and maintain a

good fitness level!

I headed down to HMAS Creswell in

February 2014 for my Initial Military Training

where I learnt about the Navy in general

and how to march amongst kangaroos

on the Quarter Deck! From there it was

HMAS Cerberus for the Engineer Officer

Application Course (EOAC) where I met

LEUT McCowan (now the MEO on HMAS

Dechaineux) who was a great source of

advice on submarines. Although recruited

as a Direct Entry Submarine Engineer I still

had to undergo selection training which I

successfully completed in February 2015 just

one year after joining the Navy.

The Submarine Selection Course consists

of health and psychological assessments,

and provide members with information on

the Submarine lifestyle at the Submarine

Selection Course (SSC) that allows you

to make an informed decision. As it’s a

specialist force and can be more demanding

Lieutenant Gangurde onboard HMAS Arunta during their visit to

Busan, Republic of Korea.

you need to understand the impact it may

have on your personal life and the benefits

of being a qualified submariner. Australian

Submarines consist of highly advanced

engineering designs and systems which is

what attracted me personally. Submarines

operate deep underwater, and therefore

does not offer lot of room for errors. To

operate in such an environment submariners

are provided with intensive training, which

in turn advances their professional growth.

All these factors, is what I believe makes

the Submarine Force the most professional

arm of the Navy, and I knew I wanted to be

a part of it.

I still had other hurdles to get over and

having finished EOAC in late 2014 I was

posted to HMAS Arunta as an Assistant

Marine Engineer Officer to achieve my

MEO CC which I attained in April this year.

I have recently completed the Initial Collins

Class Course (ICCC), the 1st phase of

Submarine Training, and am now well into the

Submarine Officer Training Course (SMOTC)

which will finish in early 2017. From there it

will be off to my first submarine to gain my

‘Dolphins’, an award I am very much looking

forward to. Of course it won’t stop there….I

will then have to work towards my MEO CQ

hopefully sometime in mid 2018 and then a

posting as an MEO….and then….perhaps for

another article. •




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All part of the team -

A little bit about CPO

Select Ferguson, USN

By CPO William Montey Ferguson

Wow, That

Went Quickly

By WOMTSM C.R. Garner, AM


William Montey Ferguson is my name. Now a

Chief Select in the United States Navy after a

long 10 and a half years. I never did imagine

myself in this position. I actually didn’t have a

plan at all for after high school. I was really just

making it all up as time went by. My father and

my brother were the ones that really pushed me

into the military. Even when the week came that

I was to leave for boot camp I tried to get out

of it. Boot camp was nothing like I expected it

to be after seeing so many military war movies.

The amount of folding clothes a specific way

and cleaning to a ridiculous detail was the

biggest surprise I had. I always told myself

the military would be great because I wouldn’t

have to clean so much anymore but that turned

out to be exactly the opposite. As boot camp

ended we did have a great weekend to spend

in Chicago, exploring a new place for the first

time since I joined up. It was also the first time

we got to see all the women in boot camp able

to do their hair and makeup which was a drastic

change from what we had seen during the 2

months of training. It was a great ending to

the 2 months that turned me into a completely

different person and the start of a new life.

I left for the airport after that weekend in full

dress blues on a cold day. It was me and 4

others all transferring to the submarine base

in Groton, Connecticut for our training to be

submariners. Not one of us had any idea what

we would actually be doing when we got there.

It was 1 long year of schools before any of us

ever made it onto a submarine. We took a tour

of a boat halfway through our courses and it

was like a whole new world down there. It was

a very much smaller world. There was a stigma

that I remember going around as we all went

through our courses. It seemed that everyone

who had a red notebook was getting kicked out

1 by 1. Weather it was for a car accident, heath

issues or getting caught drinking underage. It

got to the point where the guys either changed

the color of their notebooks or just got a new

one and transferred all the notes over. After

that it seemed that everyone left finished the

courses just fine.

As we came to the end of our courses everyone

was excited and nervous about what was to

come and where we would all be stationed.

I stayed in Connecticut as I had met a girl a

few months earlier that I would ultimately ask

to marry me after we had been together for

a while. I was transferred to the USS Miami

SSN 755 for my first tour. My first experiences

there were great. All the men I was working

with were very helpful and my first Chief soon

went off to his next tour and was advanced to

Master Chief in only 14 years. It was a great

thing to see for us to get motivated with our

careers and working hard. It was only a few

weeks after we left on deployment when my

wife asked me for a divorce. It turned my life

upside down very quickly and the added stress

of that on top of dealing with everyone getting

on me for my submarine qualifications made

my first deployment pretty rough. I guess in

the end having things start out so hard just

made everything else seem a little easier as it

all came up.

I spent 4 years on the USS Miami involved in

2 deployments, the second of those lasting 8

months and being extremely rewarding with the

experiences we had. I was able to visit most

of the larger European countries and we were

the first U.S. submarine to pull into Israel in

over 10 years. Other than the stresses of being

unqualified and going through a divorce my time

on the Miami gave me tons of life experiences

and ultimately gave me the building blocks that

made me the sailor I am today.

I transferred off the USS Miami to the

schoolhouse for 6 months where I had a great

time and met some of the best friends I have

had. Out of the five of us, three have made

Chief in the last 2 years. For the other two, one

is working as a civilian contractor, and the last

is eligible for Chief next year. With all the trouble

we used to get ourselves into I never thought

we would end up being some of the leaders in

the submarine force. I stay proud that I was able

to work with every one of them.

My next tour was spent in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

on the USS Charlotte. I was not impressed with

my division or parts of the crew when I got there.

Being brought up on a boat in Connecticut

being extremely prideful of the command and

always being held to a ridiculously high standard

the relaxed nature of a boat in Hawaii really

threw me off. I went from being a mid level

worker on the USS Miami to a top performer

on the Charlotte. I spent 4 and a half years on

the USS Charlotte being very proud of leaving

the boat at the peak of personnel performance.

The men started as a low level crew when I got

there and was transformed into the top crew on

the waterfront winning the Weapons Excellence

“W,” and stated as the best Sonar Division on

the waterfront by the Squadron Commodore.

A very happy CPO Select Ferguson on

hearing the good news.

I was very on the edge of leaving the Navy as

the end of my second enlistment grew near.

The plan was to get out and find a civilian job

if I was not advanced to chief in less than 10

years. When the time came I was not eligible for

the exam and was about to get out. I told my

leaders that I would only re-enlist if I received

orders to Europe or Australia. Surprisingly,

Australian orders came up and I was selected

for them just a few months from the end of my

contract. Being excited about that and making

me stick to my word I reenlisted for another

6 years. I went through a few schools and

am now stationed on the HMAS Dechaineux

on Garden Island, just outside of Fremantle,

Australia. My time here has been excellent so

far, and I look forward for what is yet to come.

I have had great Chiefs and I have had terrible

Chiefs. The good thing about both sides is what

I learn from all of them. I have learned what to

do to be a great Chief and I have learned the

things that I should never do as a Chief. Every

experience, good and bad, has formed me into

who I am today: Chief Select Ferguson. I look

forward to training my men to be leaders and

teaching our junior officers how to be the best

leaders for their men. I am headed to the next

chapter and only hope I can be as good as

the Chiefs who got me here. My inspirational

leaders are EMCM James Grant, CMDCM Rory

Wohlgemuth, STSCS Raj Sodhi and STSCS

Jay Kenny. Thanks for all the help getting me

to where I am and I will do my best to be a

great Chief! •

As I prepare to leave SUBFOR for a

posting as Ships Warrant Officer on HMAS

Toowoomba, I have been asked to reflect

on three topics. My career in submarines;

my perspective on the future; and what do

I plan to take with me from submarines into

the broader Fleet as a SWO.

My career in submarines. I know I have

enjoyed most of it, disliked some of it,

and have been challenged by all of it. The

challenge and the chance to do something

Now that’s a presento!


different are the two reasons I chose and

continued to pursue a career in submarines.

And, I suspect, two of the main reasons

many others choose a submarine career.

The main highlight has been the chance to

serve with like-minded people contributing to

something that is more than the sum of its

individual parts; the low-lights are personal

and I will keep them to myself. I will let others

be the judge of the success or otherwise of

my submarine career, any further comment

on my part would only be self serving. So,

were Oberon class submarines (O boats)

better than the Collins Class submarines

(CCSMs) and which one would I prefer to

serve on? Tough question. Both have their

pluses and minuses, but I still maintain the aft

mess of an O boat is the best place to live on

an Australian submarine, although the ‘figure

of eight’ motion on the surface in rough

weather took a little while to get used to.

What does the future hold for Australian

Submarines? Challenge and opportunity.

The efforts of many people in the Submarine

Enterprise have borne fruit in many different

positive ways. This has been reflected in

the 2016 Defence White Paper and the

decision to build a fleet of twelve replacement

submarines. The challenges will be many and

varied, but the opportunities will fantastic and

I am a little jealous of the personnel who will

serve in the new class. Now, when are we

going to name them?

What I will take with me. Many things, but

the most important thing is any organisation

is only as good as its personnel, and

the personnel are only as good as the

organisation allows them to be. Seems

a circular statement and it is, a feedback

loop if you like. A bad organisation will

generate bad personnel who will make the

organisation worse, which will lead to even

worse personnel, moral, performance, etc.

On the other hand, a good organisation will

generate good personnel who will make the

organisation better, etc. So, that is what I

will take with me; if I want good personnel

I need to provide a quality organisation and

leadership that gives them the trust, training,

time and space to do their jobs and live their

lives to the best of their ability. All the rest will

build on that simple foundation.

I wish you and yours all the best.

Editors note: WOMTSM Garner qualified

as a submariner on 22 May 1987, and has

since served in HMAS Submarines Ovens,

Onslow, Otway, Collins (Commissioning

Crew), Rankin, Sea Training Group, COLLINS

SPO, and Submarine Force Headquarters,

he commences his tenure as Ship’s Warrant

Officer HMAS Toowoomba on 29th August

2016. •




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Like Brother like Sister

like Father ….

Photos Courtesy LS Dave Croft

Submariner brother and sister, Ben and Rhiannon Webb.

Submariners through and through, the family tradition continues with brother and sister

joining in their father, Warren Webb’s footsteps in this specialised career.

The two newest submariners grew up in the Rockingham Area, not far from the home

of the Australian Submarine Force. 20 year old SMNML-SSM (UT) Rhiannon Webb

is currently posted to HMAS Waller and is the older of the two with younger brother

ABAWASM Ben Webb posted to HMAS Farncomb.

Mr Warren Webb isn’t too far from the pair and is still associated with the submarine

capability in more ways than one. Warren currently works for ASC as an instructor within

the Submarine Training and Systems Centre and is also an active reservist; therefore

maintaining his links with the uniformed side of the capability as well.•



Gough -



My interest in the Royal Australian Navy was

first discovered during the late years of high

school, when I was younger and still trying

to find a sense of direction in life. Originally

I had overlooked the jobs in submarines,

being more focused on the surface fleet. I

hadn’t yet been introduced to the world of

submariners and its boundless opportunities

until one day when I had read an article online

about just how unique the life of a submariner

is. It was then that my curiosity drove me to

join the Navy as a direct entry submariner,

2 years ago. Ever since then it’s been an

incredible journey of constantly learning

and being exposed to the unique working

environment that is a Collins class submarine.

Submariner - AB Ethan Gough.

I was lucky enough to experience more sea

time then usual as a trainee submariner which

allowed me to see first hand how challenging

and rewarding the life of a submariner can

be. During my training phase I posted onto

HMAS Rankin which is an experience that I

will never forget, as it was the first time I had

ever gone to sea on a submarine. At first it

was daunting, until the crew of the submarine

put my mind at ease and helped me get use

to routines and responsibilities that were

involved. It was an amazing experience

being out at sea and I would jump onto the

opportunity to get back out there.

HMAS Rankin had the pleasure of hosting

Australia’s Senior Perisher Survivor, Mike

Hickie, DSC for a Commanding Officer’s

Luncheon whilst alongside Fleet Base East

on the 4th of March. A graduate of the 1948

Submarine Command Course (Perisher),

Mike was accompanied by friend and carer,

Joan Wilson, OAM, herself a widow of past

submarine commander, Don Wilson.

Also invited, but unable to attend was Huw

Gethin-Jones, OAM, who completed Perisher

in the United Kingdom in 1953 (Mike and

Huw were shipmates in the Royal Navy) and

commanded submarines in the Royal Navy

before retiring in Australia. He is the Second

Senior Perisher Survivor in Australia.

Mike served in the Atlantic and Pacific

theatres in submarines during WW2 earning

his DSC for action in the Java Sea in 1945

whilst XO of HMS Taciturn. He commanded

RN submarines after the war before

transferring to the RAN in 1966. He retired

after a variety of appointments in the RAN in

1983 at 61 years of age.

Mike and Joan were hosted onboard

Rankin by Chief of Staff Fleet Command,

CDRE Luke Charles-Jones, Commanding

Officer Farncomb, CMDR Ian Bray and

Commanding Officer Rankin, CMDR Doug

Theobald. After an enjoyable lunch, Mike

and Joan were shown around the submarine

by the XO with both guests negotiating all

compartments with ease and Mike showing

that he still had what it takes to swing off the




Commanding Officers


By LCDR Brad Francis, XO HMAS Rankin

Dining in style onboard Rankin.

From One Boat to another.

After a lot of hard work and dedication I have

recently received my submarine qualification

and am now focused on becoming a qualified

marine technician. Being able to wear the

dolphins gives me a sense of incredible pride

knowing I’m now part of one of the most

unique working platforms in the world; and

this is only the first step in my career in the

Royal Australian Navy.•

Mike Hickie, DSC, departs Rankin.

CMDR Doug Theobald with Joan and Mike.




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Well and truly part

of our community

L-R CMDR Richard Salazar USN, medal recipient ETR1(SS) Jared Stauffer and CAPT Shane Harris, USN.

Like all of the USN personnel posted to the RAN Submarine Force, (as part of the

Personnel Exchange Programme) Australia becomes their home, and interacting with the

community is also “just one of those things”.

Well, for ETR1(SS) Jared Stauffer, his efforts and participation within the community has

been officially recognised.

Jared was presented with the US Navy’s Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

for contributing over 200 hours of his time to the Riding for the Disabled Association at

Oakford in Perth Australia. His love of horses and desire to help people came together in

this activity, enabling a mutually satisfying outcome for all.

Congratulations on your achievement.•

United States Navy Submariner, ETR1(SS) Jared Stauffer (centre) being presented with the US Navy’s Military

Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal by Commander Submarine Force Captain Matt Buckley, CSC, RAN, (left)

with CMDR Richard Salazar, USN, at a ceremony held at the Submarine Force Headquarters.








Introducing Chaplain Stephen Hutchison;

his current posting is with the Australian

Submarine Force & Fleet Support Unit as

Chaplain under the Commanding Officer

HMAS Stirling, CAPT B Delamont. He is

responsible for Pastoral Care, Spiritual & Well

being of members at Fleet Base West.

Chaplain Stephen Hutchison.

Having recently moved from Melbourne,

CHAP Hutchison now resides in Rockingham,

re-establishing his social network and life he

leaves his Friends, Parents, brothers and

their families behind.

CHAP Hutchison has a passion for people

to reach their fullest potential, with his easy

going nature he has the ability to quickly form

trusted relationships and assist our members

with any issues they maybe facing.

Coming into his own CHAP Hutchison

believes his entire life has shaped him to be

who he is today and that he was born for

this very cause, to be a Chaplain. CHAP

Hutchison says; “To be a Chaplain in the

Royal Australian Navy has been the biggest

privilege I have ever had the pleasure of

accepting, it has been hard work, but

rewarding, I have shed tears, but had lots of

laughter, I give my all to support our Defence

Force, they deserve that support and I take

that mandate very seriously”

It is with great pleasure that we welcome

Stephen to our community.

Please remember that the Chaplains are

there to offer assistance and support. If

needed, they can be contacted through the

local Base Chaplains Office or after hours,

through the Officer of The Day or by phoning


Hi folks, my name is Terry and Andrew has

asked me to write a small passage for the

Trade. Some of you will know me from my

time in boats. For those that don’t know

me some of the things that I write may be

of interest as it will be not so recent history

and perhaps not known and certainly not

discussed by submariners of the Collin’s era.

Firstly, about me, I discharged from the Navy

in Jan 2011 as a WONPC having completed

47 years, 39 in the PNF and 8 as a reservist

on CFTS, within those periods I served 33

years in Oberon’s from Jan 67 to Dec 2000,

and then 2001 to 2011 as a Reservist on

CFTS back in General Service (Gens) as

the submarine coxswain category had been


When sailors of my era volunteered for

submarines we would not know a submarine

from a Royal Marine and the motivation was

the prospect of serving with the Royal Navy

which meant we had all the ports in the UK

and Europe at our fingertips. I mentioned

this as we did not have the luxury of the

current submarine selection course that is

available now, so we went in blind. For us it

was going to be an adventure of a lifetime,

the challenges that lay ahead were not really

a consideration.

Up until early 1967 we travelled to the UK

by passenger liner, so this was our first

motivation to volunteer. After 1967 volunteers

were flown to the UK, hardly a hardship.

Upon arrival in UK we commenced our

submarine training at HMS DOLPHIN which

at the time was the home of the RN 1 st

Submarine Squadron. DOLPHIN is situated

in the South of England, much warmer

than the North or the dreaded coolness of

Scotland. Our training was divided into 3

parts; part 1 which was the general course

comprising of general submarine knowledge,

compartments, tanks, systems etc. The

general course was 4 weeks in duration

and was generic for all trainees. During the

general course we completed the “Tank”.

We all looked forward to “the tank” but

with a little trepidation for the deepest runs,

where buoyant ascents were made from

the compartment known as the “submarine

section” which was 30M in depth. Some

years down the track the Royal Navy ceased

runs from the submarine section and reverted

to runs from the 18M lock which then made

this ascent the deepest requirement.

On completion of part 1 we commenced

part 2 which was our branch course. As an

Underwater Weapons (UW) sailor my part

2 was 2 weeks in duration. Some may say

“what is this guy talking about”, what is a

UW? The UW branch was phased out in

1998 or 1999 but submarines used to fire

weapons very frequently and at the time

there was a call for them. We also made

up the required numbers as a scheme of

compliment (SOC) which for an Oberon was

65 without trainees.

On completion of our part 2 we were in most

instances posted directly to a submarine for

part 3 sea training. If you were lucky you

were posted to an “A” class or “T” class

boat, these boats were old but useful, how

old? Well O class were preceded by P class

which were preceded by A class which

were preceded by T class, T Class were a

stretched version of a WW2 submarine. Why

then would you prefer an old A or T? simple,

they were not considered fully operational so

there running periods were a lot less than P

and O’s plus they frequently operated in the

Mediterranean where P and O’s rarely went.

Lastly but certainly not least their home port


which was at Faslane in Scotland.

Our part 3 was considerably different to

the present part 3. Our first 4 weeks were

spent entirely in our own part of ship, that is,

greenies in the motor room, stokers in the


A story that needs to be told

By WONPCSM(ex) Terry Rowell

donk shop and in my case the forends which

was the weapon stowage compartment on

an Oberon. After that we had a further 12

weeks to complete our task books. Our

task books were regularly checked by the

coxswain to make sure we were pulling our

weight. No down time such as movies or

afternoon sleeps until you qualified. When

you had completed the task book we fronted

up for our part 3 exam. This involved a walk

through by the Chief Tiff, the Chief Greenie,

the Coxswain on escape and the Jimmy on

duty watch requirements, about 3 hours in

total. If we passed, we were then awarded

our Dolphins.

In most cases we stayed on an RN boat

until it was time to join our own Australian

boat which were “in build” in Scotland. Some

blokes such as potential Chief Tiff’s, XO’s

and others may have spent 5 or more years

on an RN boat before joining their Australian

boat. This meant that when you joined an

Australian boat no one was a part 3 and the

“first eleven” had assorted years learning

the ropes on an RN boat. Example an AB

stoker did time on an RN boat and with that

experience then became the designated LS

stoker for an Australian boat.

I spent 12 months on HMS OLYMPUS as an

AB then joined HMAS OTWAY as an AB for

her delivery voyage to Australia. We came

home via West and South Africa, however

each of the other boats transiting to Australia

took different routes. OTWAY was the first

Australian warship to visit South Africa

since WW2. OXLEY had preceded OTWAY

by 12 months. OVENS and ONSLOW

followed OTWAY at 12 month intervals with

ONSLOW being the last of the first 4 boats

arriving home at our Australian base, HMAS

PLATYPUS, mid 1970.

The running periods were full on, everyone

got to “play” with us and the type of running

was varied. Clockwork mouse with Gens,

Anti Submarine exercises with the Fleet Air

Arm, exercises with the Air Force, exit and

re-entry with the Commandoes, SSX’s, TFX’s,

etc. Then we had the usual deployments,

Up Top, Rim Pacs and New Zealand for the

sound range.

There was plenty of sea time for everyone.

One such reason was that promotion to the

next rank required sea time, so if you were

promoted to LS you had to go back to sea




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as a LS to be assessed before you could be

promoted to PO. We had our welfare cases

that were allergic to diesel and salt water but

overall most guys in the Squadron pulled

their weight.

Eventually the Squadron built up to 6 boats

with the arrival of ORION in 78 and OTAMA

in 79. The work load didn’t diminish though.

At this time the RAN was classified as an

anti-submarine (AS) Navy so there was

plenty of time spent in the exercise areas

off Jervis Bay. Additionally, although we

now had 6 boats, one was tasked with

“operational patrols” so that did not help with

the reduction in other activities.

With the arrival of ORION in 78 the Squadron

set up a Submarine Sea Training Group, we

were years ahead of the general service in

this regard. As a sailor who saw crews post

work-up before and after the SSTG program

was instigated I can say that pre-SSTG we

were kidding ourselves in regard to damage


The Squadron moved on and in 1986 we

continued to sever ties with the RN by

ceasing to send personnel to the UK for

Submarine Escape Training. In 1989 the

Submarine Escape Training Facility (SETF)

was commissioned in HMAS STIRLING. I am

proud to say that I was the commissioning

Senior Instructor for the SETF. In later years

the SETF was handed over to civilians to


By now preparations were under way to

relocate OBERON’s to STIRLING and

to decommission PLATYPUS. OXLEY

was homeported to STIRLING in 1988.

PLATYPUS decommissioned in 1999. The

last Oberon, HMAS OTAMA decommissioned

in 2000.

Of course by now the Collins program

was in full swing and HMAS COLLINS

commissioned in 1996.

the disestablishment of the fixed wing Fleet

Air Arm occurred and the Aircraft Carrier

HMAS MELBOURNE was decommissioned

and not replaced. In the late seventies the

introduction of the Sail-Struc System was

first implemented and in 1979 HMAS OXLEY

was the first submarine to have a SOC under

the Sail-Struc system.

In 1984 the woman at sea program was fully

integrated and from this time all new female

recruits were required a sea service obligation.

In 1985 the official disestablishment of the

WRANS occurred, up to this point in time,

amongst other things, females had to leave

the service if they chose to get married. Also

the amalgamation of the Coxswain and Naval

Police categories occurred. The DFDA (1982)

was implemented, the Act superseded

the Naval Discipline Act and the Manual of

Naval Law. In 1987 the commissioning of

the RAN SETF took place and submariners

no longer travelled to the RN SETT in the UK

for escape training.

In 1996 HMAS COLLINS commissioned. In

1999 the disestablishment of the submarine

coxswain category occurred and the duties

to be superseded by the COB. In 2000

the last Australian Oberon class submarine

HMAS OTAMA was decommissioned.

The model for the administration of the

Navy has changed too many times for me

to recall. However, I do recall in the 60’s we

had a Naval Board and the Senior Officer

responsible for running the Fleet was the

Flag Officer Commanding the Australian Fleet

(FOCAF). We had 3 or 4 Commodores unlike

today where there are 30 plus Commodores.

These 60’s Commodores were promoted

from the rank of Captain to occupy positions

such as Naval Officer Commanding West

Australia (NOCWA) and generally did not go

on to further promotion. Rear Admirals were

promoted directly from the rank of Captain.

I close now with the obvious, the Navy

when I left in 2011 is not the same Navy

I joined in 1964 as a 15-year-old Junior

Recruit. However, I am cognisant that since

time began it has been stated the current

generation have got it easy compared to the

generation before, but my guess is that the

truth is really just the “difference in times”.

Yours Aye, Terry Rowell OAM


Note: One Man’s Navy is my autobiography.

It covers my 47 years in the RAN highlighting

my 33 years in submarines. In the book I’ve

tried to convey what the life of a submariner

was like during the Oberon period in the

RAN. The book approaches the subject on

a human scale rather than just a technical

or strategic level. It also covers my few

years prior to Boats and after the submarine

coxswain branch was disestablished and my

return to General Service.

Any ex Oberon sailor will find this book

covers many of the significant periods of the

RAN’s submarine service development from

the 60’s through to the end of the Oberon

era. Many will recall the stresses and strains

of workups, training in UK, separation from

loved ones and all the activities that made

the Oberon’s both challenging as well as

rewarding on a personal level, not to mention

the times we were able to let our hair down.

As submariners we all sing from the same

hymn book and I am sure submariners of

the COLLINS class era will be able to enjoy

and relate to the book as submariners, albeit

from a different era.

The book will retail from $29.95 and details

of purchase can be obtained at my email

address All

proceeds after costs will go to the Submarine

Association of Australia.•

One of the

first at the


Training and



June 2016 marked 25 years since Wendy

Jackson joined ASC in Western Australia.

Wendy was one of ASC’s original staff

members at the Submarine Training and

Systems Centre (STSC) and was part of

the team who established our successful

Submarine Training Services contract with

RAN. The team at the STSC marked the

occasion with a morning tea in recognition of

Wendy’s service. Congratulations Wendy!•

Congratulations on the 25 Years Wendy !


In my case, during my service I had seen

many changes in the RAN. In 1965 the

term Ratings was abolished and changed

to Sailors when referring to members. In

1967 HMAS OXLEY was commissioned in

Scotland and heralded the reformation of

the submarine arm into the RAN. In 1968 I

witnessed the hauling down for the last time

of the Royal Navy White Ensign that the RAN

had sailed under since the inception of our

Navy, and the hoisting of the new Australian

White Ensign that we still sail under today.

Prior to 1968 all equivalent ranks were

paid the same; that is a LS Gunnery sailor

received the same pay as a LS Electrician. A

CPO Medic received the same pay as a CPO

“Tiffy”. In 1968 sailors pay was restructured.

It has been modified several times over the

years, the new system was called group

pay and remains today. In the mid-seventies

Staff and Guests in attendance for Wendy’s morning tea.




EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

Changing Over


By LEUT Cameron Eadie

Looking for a challenge and an opportunity to

up skill whilst making a valuable contribution

to the Submarine Squadron? Do you like

the idea of overseas exchanges and are you

concerned you are approaching the end

of your wick in regards to sea postings?

Or maybe you harbour a secret desire to

command your own submarine? Then

change over to MWOSM could be the career

path for you.

Both myself, LEUT Eadie formerly a

CPOEWSM and LEUT Sakova formerly a

POMEDSM took the plunge to the dark side

to see if we had what it takes to survive.

Maritime Warfare Officer training, known

as the Junior Warfare Application Course

(JWAC) involves extended periods of

classroom tuition conducted at HMAS

Watson, followed by periods at sea to

consolidate your practical skills. JWAC

training is broken into four phases each

taking from 3-12 months to complete.

The pace of the course is intense, and

dependant upon your level of aptitude, long

hours of study may be required. Throughout

the periods at sea, aboard both minor

and major war vessels, you are under the

constant scrutiny of your command team

in preparation for your first major milestone,

Phase III Fleet board and award of your

Navigational Watchkeeping Certificate. Whilst

it may sound slightly less than fun, there

were plenty of periods to take it all in and

enjoy the “small boat” lifestyle and culture.

Fishing, diving and hiking the remote islands

of North Queensland were amongst the

many highlights. The period spent on Minor

War Vessels prepared us well for Phase III

Fleet board, and provided fantastic insight

into other arms of the Navy outside the

submarine squadron.

Phase IV Bridge Simulation training,

conducted at HMAS Watson is one of the

most intense six month periods of our careers

to date. The learning curve is steep and

unrelenting however the skills and knowledge

you acquire will serve you well upon returning

to the submarine, understanding why a

skimmer operates the way she does can only

be beneficial. Upon completion of Phase IV

and reward of the Bridge Warfare Certificate,

returning to HMAS Stirling for SM Officers

course was a welcome relief.

All in all, the change over to commissioned

officer from senior sailor can be a very

challenging experience, however the

rewards and new opportunities presented

are numerous and varied. Already, LEUT

Sakova has served aboard USS Blueridge

deploying to China and I have had the

amazing opportunity to exchange to the

US for six months aboard USS Columbia

during her latest Westpac deployment.

These opportunities simply did not exist in

our previous respective categories.

The new skills we have acquired over the

past four years will serve us well during our

Junior Warfare Officer postings and beyond.

The colleagues and friends we have made

throughout the Fleet will form the basis of

strong network of Warfare professionals

representing all facets of the RAN.

If you want to know more about

commissioning as a Submarine Maritime

Warfare Officer feel free to either contact

myself or LEUT Sakova for further details.•


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EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

French culinary – Close up

Images and Story by LSIS Lee-Anne Mack

The all-Australian Chef’s Exchange Program is a worldrenowned

public relations initiative which allows military and

restaurant chefs to exchange culinary delights and kitchens

for a day. In this instance, Naval Chefs from the French ship

Tonnerre (L 9014), Royal Australian Navy Chefs, and a head

chef Shannon Whitmore from a local restaurant Kent Street

Deli were offered the unique opportunity and cooked together

in the Ships Galley.

In the interest of Safety


Always proactive and never missing an opportunity to hone their skills, members from Dechaineux recently took advantage of some of their

non-sea time to partake in A Motorcycle Rider Skills refresher course. The riders took the opportunity to attend a locally run RAC Training day

where they partook in theory and practical activities. A large number of people now ride motorcycles as a cost effective way of commuting

as well as for leisure activities. The skill of riding a motorcycle is one that can always be enhanced by practice and revision.

The day started with reflecting on experiences and reiterating awareness and observation skills. Later in the day the members took to their

wheels and practiced emergency braking, slow riding, “U-turns” as well as emphasising correct posture to assist in reducing fatigue. An

overarching organisational commitment, to this and similar activities, shows the high regard that Navy has for the safety and the welfare of

its people. Not only was it beneficial, but it also showed another way to have fun at work.•

Amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre, berthed at

Fleet Base West, Garden Island, WA, on the 20 May 16, while

La Fayette-class frigate, FNS Guepratte, berthed in Fremantle

as part of their annual training cruise.

The Cooks and Chefs Exchange Program is simple, fellow

colleagues swap jobs for a few hours, a day or days. Chefs

share and learn from each other and get to experience new,

innovative and sometimes enlightening ways of cooking. It’s

good for growth and offers the military Chef’s a chance to

learn or mentor.

More than a hundred respected restaurants, resorts and

hotels from Japan, Belgium, Norway, Singapore, New

Zealand, Canada, Bahrain, Korea, Australia and Guam have

participated in the Chef and Cooks Exchange Program during

its 18-year history.•

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(L-R) POML- CSM Shayne Curby, Master Lecoules and Head Chef from local

Rockingham restaurant, Kent Street Deli, Shannon Whitmore, after a Master Class

onboard Ie Tonnerre.

POML-SC Paul Graham with French sailors.

At the track – Members of Dechaineux with a few of their bikes.

Community Engagement

Tonnerre, berthed at Fleet Base West, Garden Island, WA.

HMAS Stirling Community Engagement hosted eighteen students from the Clontarf Foundation in May 2016. The foundation encourages troubled indigenous youth to improve their

education, discipline, life skills, self esteem and employment prospects through a variety of programs including visits to ‘work sites’ where students can witness different careers first

hand. The students were from several Clontarf campuses around metropolitan Perth including Mandurah, Kwinana, Cannington and Bentley. They visited the Fleet Base West (FBW)

Armoury for a small arms weapons display, Fleet Support Unit-West for a tour of the Engineering and Electrical workshops and finally the FBW Gymnasium for a tour and game of

volleyball against some willing Navy members. The visit culminated with a barbeque at Camp Markham which was prepared and cooked by volunteers from Submarine Headquarters.

The Submarine Force has previously been involved with the positive work of the Clontarf Foundation through Rankin’s visit to Esperance in 2015 where a charity football game was held.




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HMAS Dechaineux

Exmouth Expedition

By POETSM Stephen Willcox

The Exmouth Expedition Team - Front row (L to R) POETSM Willcox, CPOETSM Slywa, ABETSM Turner,

LSETSM Bromley, LSETSM O’Grady, Rear row (L to R) ABML-SSM Reddacliff, POCISSM Namata,

ABCISSM Avis, POETSM Wheelhouse, CPOETSM Rackstraw, ABCISSM Schultz.

One merry week in May, members of the

HMAS Dechaineux WEE, CIS and Catering

departments travelled to Exmouth in Western

Australia for the purpose of visiting the Very

Low Frequency (VLF) Transmitting Station and

Solar Observatory.

Eleven personnel departed HMAS Stirling on

a chilly Monday morning full of excitement

and anticipation. Two Ford Territories and a

powerful Toyota Camry Hybrid were packed full

of camping gear and other essential supplies.

Only one slight detour was needed as CPO

Slywa returned forgotten car keys that were

left in his pocket to his wife. A quick lunch at

Dongara allowed everyone to stretch legs, have

lunch, refuel and rotate drivers. The roadside

diner’s homemade pies were delicious, with

everyone having their fill. Our team then carried

on to Carnarvon Caravan Park where we spent

the night. The locals welcomed us with wide

eyes as we relaxed and enjoyed the local sights.

After a hearty breakfast of egg and bacon

sandwiches, we continued our trek. Extended

driving the day before allowed a visit to Coral

Bay where we enjoyed a spot of snorkelling

in the clear waters. A business owner told

us that we were lucky to have arrived in such

good weather. The reef was only metres from

the beach and was home to many species

of tropical fish and marine life. We arrived

in Exmouth fresh and stress free. The local

oversized tourist wildlife provided us with

a few photo opportunities. That night, we

enjoyed a honky tonk meal at Cadillac’s Country

and Western Restaurant. CPO Rackstraw’s

pronunciation of their Danger Dog was

especially memorable.

On Wednesday morning we gathered at Naval

Communication Station Harold E. Holt and

were given a guided tour of the VLF site. This

included the transmitter building, power plant

and pier. The very long wavelength of VLF allows

radio frequency transmissions to propagate

below the surface of the ocean and provide

communications with submarines. To achieve

the large distances required, a 1 Megawatt

transmitter is used. This is an enormous amount

of power. The station consists of a 2.2 km wide

antenna of 13 towers in total, surrounding a

387m high centre tower. Buried in the ground

below the antenna array is 386km of bare

copper wire. This provides an enhanced ground

plane to act as a reflecting surface for radio

waves and thus better transmission properties.

It was like entering a Doctor Who set as

we were shown the massive transmitting

components within the transmitter building.

To eliminate corona effect, which causes

arcing and sparking due to the extreme power

produced huge helix inductors were supported

by wooden frames. Even the nuts and bolts

were made of wood. It was like Land of the

Giants as we walked through massive electronic

components like amplifiers and switches. The

power plant consisted of 6 diesel engine driven

generators, capable of producing 3 million watts

of power each, consuming a whopping 28000L

of diesel fuel every day. The nearby pier allowed

the station to be refuelling and stored by sea

with a ship that arrives only twice a year. This

was also the outlet of the water cooling system

used by the transmitter. An impressive amount

of fish was seen to congregate in the warmed

water. Unfortunately recreational fishing is no

longer allowed there as was in the past. We

left the station in awe of the tremendous scale

of the place.

Next was a short informative visit to the

Potshot Memorial. This site commemorates

the involvement of the Western Australian coast

during World War II. An advance base was set

up in the Exmouth Gulf consisting of an airfield

and an anti-aircraft battery. Allied Submarines

used the area as a refuelling and Forward

Operating Base during that time.

Our final visit for the day was the Learmonth

Solar Observatory. This facility is jointly

managed by the United States Air Force and

the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. We were

shown various optical telescopes, parabolic dish

antennae and associated sensitive monitoring

equipment. The observatory is part of a world

wide network which gathers data on solar

activity and radio wavelengths. High frequency

communications are most commonly affected

by solar disturbances.

Thursday morning we arose early to transit to

Geraldton for our last overnight stay. The camp

that night was set up in record time before

AB Turner used his Thai language skills to our

advantage as the group enjoyed a night out at

a local Thai restaurant. An early night followed

as all were plumb tuckered out and ready to

return home the next day.

Having completed the last part of our journey,

we arrived back at Stirling on Friday afternoon.

After all equipment used was cleaned and

stowed, farewells were said and the deed was


The enjoyable week allowed us to bond in a

relaxed environment away from work. The whole

educational experience will allow members to

work better together in the future as a cohesive

group during high tempo operations with a

much better appreciation of the technical

wizardry that enables delivery of our Submarine


Someone has to do it.

The success of “Bob (Tug)

Wilson’s Walk for Kids

with Cancer” has reached

another milestone.

On 12th May 2016, attended

by Carol Wilson, her

daughter Kim Hinkley, son

Stuart Wilson, grandchildren

Mikayla & Sam Hinkley

and held at the Australian

National Maritime Museum

(home of HMAS Onslow)

the “Bob (Tug) Wilson’s Walk

for Kids with Cancer” was

awarded Benefactor for

raising over $250,000 over

“4 Walks” to June 2015.

All this was all in aid of The

Cancer Centre for Children

at The Children’s Hospital at


The 2016 walk raised in

excess of $253,000.00 with

748 walkers, for The Cancer

Centre for Children, taking

the overall total since 2008

to over $500,000.00.

Carol summarises the

success of the fundraising

in a few words “When I think

about it, Bob didn’t think we

would raise $25,000.00 in

2008 let alone half a million

dollars over 5 walks. He

would be looking down with

a big smile on his face that

we have kept “His Walk”


This caps off a significant

year for Carol and the team,

with Bob and Carols 50th

wedding Anniversary on the

7th of May and Carols 70th

birthday celebrated on the

17th of June.•


Bob (Tug) Wilson’s Walk for

Kids with Cancer Reaches half

a million dollars!

Left to right: Stuart Wilson, Carol Wilson, Samuel Hinkley, Kim Hinkley and Mikayla Hinkley.

Left to right: Dr. Luciano Dalla-Pozza, Head, Cancer Centre for Children, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Prof. Christine Bennett

AO, Chair, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Kim Hinkley, Stuart Wilson, Carol Wilson, Dr. Michael Brydon OAM, Chief Executive,

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.




EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016




Targa West 2016 City of Perth Special Stage.

Targa West 2016 1st Place Modern Muscle.

Targa West 2016 Winners Modern Muscle Car.

LSAWASM Glen Renshaw has been enjoying

his career as an Acoustic Warfare Analyst

Submariner for over 20 years and during

his career has enjoyed travelling with Navy

both overseas on deployment as well as

on local operations. First joining up in 1994

and qualifying on O’Boats in 1995 and then

qualifying on Collins Class in 2000, he has

worked in many roles including the Combat

System Trainer at STSC and as Training Co-

Ordinator for SMSQ Trainees for 3 years.

Glen now works at SAAC within SUBFOR,

but is looking forward to returning to sea in

the near future.

During his downtime he has taken up

Motorsport in the form of Tarmac Targa

Rallying where he has represented the

Navy for the last 4 Years. His enjoyment of

motorsport his been his drive to compete in

a large number of the Targa Series of events.

His love of Holden’s is why he chose to drive

a 2008 Holden VE SSV Ute in Tarmac Rally’s.

Even though this is an unusual type of Vehicle

to race in a Tarmac Rally which is mainly

dominated by Mitsubishi Evo’s, Porsches,

GTRs and WRX’s he does not let this sway

him and drives the Renshaw Racing ute to

the absolute max with great results.

Backed by Navy including Submarine

Recruiting and Defence Force Recruiting LS

Renshaw represents the Navy in a positive

light in the public eye by participating in PR

events such as Maritime Day Fremantle,

Walk to Work Day, HMAS Stirling Open Day

as well as numerous visits to HMAS Stirling

with the ute to engage with current serving

members. LS Renshaw enjoys engaging

with the public and letting both big kids

and the little kids hop in a Race Car and

see what its all about. During the PR Events

Navy PR material is dispersed to the public

and LS Renshaw informs personnel about

how a career in the Royal Australian Navy is

rewarding and fulfilling.

LS Renshaw races with Co-Driver Krystle

McDonald who has the important job of

calling Navigation notes on stages that are up

to 16km long in Targa South West and Targa

West, and over 50km long in Targa Tasmania.

Krystle, being Ex-Navy, is an integral part of

the team and her professionalism and skill is

an important component that keeps the team

safe and fast.

Renshaw Racing ute recent achievements


• Winners of Targa South West Muscle Car


• 4th outright in Competition Modern

• Winners of Targa West 2016 Muscle Car


• 10th Outright in Competition Modern (out

of 31 Entrants)

The Renshaw Racing ute has proven to be a

force to reckon with and the professionalism

and integrity of the team is why these results

have been achieved.

Renshaw Racing Ute is a small team which

is made up of 5 personnel. They prepare

and maintain the Renshaw Racing ute

themselves to an obviously professionally

high standard; the same high standards

they have been taught to achieve in Navy.

This is paramount when it comes to safety

as the ute can achieve speeds in excess of

250km/h on some stages. They ensure that

a rigorous maintenance routine is adhered

to and no shortcuts are made that could

jeopardise safety, again something the navy

has installed in the team from early in their

individual careers.

This year during Targa West a small

contingent of SUBFOR personnel supported

Renshaw Racing Ute at Mundaring (WA).

They setup a Navy display with personnel

wearing Navy shirts and handing out Navy

promotional material. “It was great to have

fellow navy personnel there to support us” LS

Renshaw said,” Its all part of being a Team”

he added.

The next step for the Renshaw Racing Team

is to enter Targa Tasmania in 2017 - April

24th to April 29th. This event is the pinnacle

of Tarmac Rally’s in Australia and pushes

the teams and cars to the extreme in the 6

days of rallying. It holds a special part for the

Renshaw Racing team as Day 2 is on the

25th April, ANZAC Day, and the team will

also be looking at running ANZAC Livery on

the ute for this event.

Noting that racing doesn’t come cheap

and their budget for Targa Tasmania is in

the vicinity of $30,000 to complete, they

could not compete without the help of their

sponsors. Fleet Network, Powerflo Solutions,

Uneeda Tyre & Smash Repairs, John Fowler

Autosport, West Oz Signs, Australian Military

Bank, Sovereign Motorsports and TAW

Performance Centre and Cylinder Heads.

Renshaw Racing are always looking for

sponsors to join the team, so if you know

anyone that would like to back a Professional

front running team, don’t hesitate to contact

LS Renshaw.•

Renshaw Ute Engine Build.

SUBFOR Representation.

Targa West 2016 Official Start in Perth City.

Pre Event Scrutineering.




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Still rocking the boat

Ahead of their 2016 Perth Show, Iron Maiden

drummer Nicko McBrain and singer Bruce

Dickinson caught up with long time friend CMDR

Pete Foster and his daughter Rachel. Sporting

Australian Submarine ball caps reaffirms the

bands link with the submarine community.

Bruce has a strong affiliation with submarines,

with a set of RN ‘Dolphins’ pinned to the lapel

of the iconic red soldiers’ jacket worn on stage

for the bands song ‘The Trooper’. The Dolphins

were presented to him by the Royal Navy

Submariners after he spent several days at sea

in a Vanguard Class SSBN.

Back in 2011, on the bands last visit, Nicko

and guitarist Janick Gers toured HMAS Waller,

(story - The Trade Edition 2, 2011) with the visit

featuring in their released book ‘Flight 666’

chronicling the bands two world tours.•

New PT Gear



Albany and the ANZACs –

the launching place of a legend

By LEUT Kara Wansbury

Cheered on by 4000 personnel lining York

street in Albany for the second year in a row

the crew of HMAS Dechaineux marched

proudly in the Anzac Day parade over 100

years since the first convoy departed there

with the soldiers who would go on to birth

the Anzac legend.

The location of Albany is important to the

legend of the Anzac because over 100

years ago the convoy of Australian and New

Zealand troops departed from Albany for the

battlefields of World War I.

Led by Executive Officer, LCDR Justin Cloney

the crew were surprised at the sense of pride

they felt from the crowd.

“The crowds lined the streets, and they felt

so close, cheering as you march past and

I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming

sense of pride to not only be there but to

also represent HMAS Dechaineux, said Able

Seaman Stevie Boynes-Butler.

The day began, as it did all around the

country with a dawn service, held at the

Desert Mounted Corps Memorial on Mt

Clarence overlooking the Ataturk Channel.

Ataturk Channel, named in 1985 through a

reciprocal arrangement with Turkey is the

entrance to Princess Harbour, Albany. As part

of the arrangement the Turkish government

named the site of the beach landing in 1915,

Anzac Cove.

The historical nature of the day was a sombre

experience for Able Seaman Boynes- Butler.

“As I stood quietly at the dawn service

with the sun rising and the rain pouring

down, everyone was still and utterly silent

and I knew everyone was thinking about

the same thing. The thanks we owe for

the lives we live knowing that it could have

been so different had our men not been so

fearless, so unselfish, so heroic. We owe

everything to them and I am so lucky I got to

acknowledge that on Anzac Day in the City

of Albany, the last port of call for so many

soldiers; some who never returned.”

ultimate price for our way of life today, to

consider how we would feel being called on

to fight for our country and the overwhelming

fear that they must have felt,” he said.

Able Seaman Mitchell was in Albany last

year however he was on duty and unable

to march so he enjoyed marching this year

he said.

“But ANZAC Day to me isn’t just about

remembering those men who fought in

World War I but also the ones that continue

to fight to ensure we are able to live our lives

in safety and that is why I am so proud to

have marched in the Parade,” ABEWSM

Mitchell said.•

Dechaineux crew after gunfire breakfast in Albany.

Dechaineu crew marches down the main street in Albany.

AE2 which lies in the Dardenelles not far

from Gallipoli and its sailors was something

ABEWSM James Mitchell recalled as he

marched with his fellow crew mates.

Members of SUBFOR Displaying the new PT gear.

“ANZAC Day to me is a about taking time

to remember the soldiers who payed the

XO Dechaineux salutes wreaths at dawn service.

Torpedo Officer, LEUT Brendan Witt leads Navy

Association in Albany.




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15th Birthday

By LEUT Kara Wansbury

Dechaineux at anchor.

The sixty personnel of HMAS Dechaineux

took a moment alongside to celebrate the

15th anniversary of the boat’s commissioning

on 23 February this year. Berthed at

Diamantina Wharf, the commanding officer

along with the youngest member of the

crew, Seaman Van Der Heyden blew out the

candles before personnel enjoyed the cake

on the forward casing.

It was an important time to commemorate all

of the individual and collective achievements

that have taken place in Dechaineux over the

years said Commander Robin Dainty, RAN.

“The hundreds who have crewed Dechaineux

since the beginning have travelled almost

200,000 nautical miles. That is 8 times

around the world. I would propose there

has probably been a thousand hours closed

up at Harbour Stations over the years too,”

Commander Dainty said.

Named after Captain Emile Dechaineux,

commanding officer of HMAS Australia who

died at Leyte Gulf from wounds suffered from

a Kamikaze attack; the boat has strong links

to Tasmania having been granted the right of

Freedom of Entry by the City of Launceston,

Captain Dechaineux’ s birthplace. The boat

has exercised this privilege once since

first doing so on 26 May 2001. The link to

Tasmania is further strengthened with a

rendition of a Tasmanian tiger on the boat’s

official badge along with a motto proposed

by the Dechaineux family.

Manager of Navy Badges, Paul Burnett said

the family of Captain Dechaineux initially

proposed ‘Fearless Friend – Ferocious Foe’

as the motto.

“Captain Dechaineux was renowned for

fairness and compassion towards his men

and for his bravery and dedication which is

why the family settled on that phrase as the

motto. However due to a requirement for

less characters it was shortened to ‘Fearless

and Ferocious’ and approved by the family,”

he said.

Home-ported in 2001 to Western Australia,

Dechaineux has spent almost 31,000 hours

underway. Interestingly, last year during an

exceptionally high tempo period the boat

was at sea for one sixth the total time spent

underway and travelled one sixth its overall


“Last year we had an exceptional crew, that

achieved the aim and it did that with focus

and dedication to the job. I am immensely

proud of all we achieved and when we pulled

into our home port in December last year it

certainly felt like we had sailed that far.

“This year doesn’t seem to be letting up

either; we started with weekly running, a

successful but busy docking period, the

last of the four month long intermediate

dockings. Our focus and main rate of effort

now is achieving successful Unit Readiness

prior to Exercise Black Carillion and a

deployment to New Zealand International

Naval Review in Auckland. The team is tight

and well prepared for all to come and I am

looking forward to the remainder of the year’s

program,” Commander Dainty said.

Over the course of her fifteen years

Dechaineux has had eight commanding

officer’s and 16 navigating officer’s.•

On the bridge.

Dechaineux Beach volley ball team - FCP Sports Day.




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story of the

Coles Review

By LEUT Daniel Nixon

The 23rd of May marked a momentous

occasion for the Submarine Arm with the

return of HMAS Farncomb to the Fleet after

a successful full cycle docking. Farncomb is

the first of the Collins class to operate under

the new operational cycle of 10 years in

operation and 2 in dock. Not only was the

occasion a validation of the new maintenance

cycle, but delivery of an upgraded Farncomb

as the fifth SM in Fleet Service also marked

a key milestone in the increased availability

and lethality of our Submarine Force as the

national strategic deterrent capability.

said: “We as a crew have made some very

positive steps forward and well on our way

to achieving MSE in late July. From where we

started it’s encouraging to see the progress

we’ve made since turning up to the door step

of ASC in January, and look forward to sailing

from Adelaide as a worked up crew.”

Farncomb will soon be putting to sea for the

first time with her new crew and working

towards an exciting program later in the year,

with ports visits programmed to Sydney,

Hobart, Melbourne and Esperance, where

Farncomb will conduct her Freedom of Entry

to the Shire of Esperance.•

Commander Submarine Force, CAPT Matt Buckley,

CSC, presenting CMDR Ian Bray, CO Farncomb, with

the Federation Star.

Leaving the dock.

At a ‘clear lower deck’ for the crew of

Farncomb, Commander Submarine Force,

CAPT Matt Buckley, CSC, announced that

in the past calendar year Training Authority

– Submarines had trained a record number

of new submariners. Many of those freshly

qualified have joined with the experienced

members of Farncomb under the seasoned

eye of CMDR Ian Bray, RAN who was this

year awarded his Federation Star for 40

years’ service and his fourth posting as a

Submarine Commanding Officer. CMDR

Bray said of his 40 years RAN service: “I

joined as a 17 year old sailor and I’d do

it all again in a heart beat. The RAN has

been a wonderful career and particularly the

Submarine Service.”

WEEO LEUT M. Lee and MEO LEUT F. Visser carrying

out planning activities.

In the control room, HMAS Farncomb.

With the delivery of Farncomb to the fleet

and standing up the fifth submarine crew,

the Force has achieved a key outcome from

the Coles Review and increased the number

of active Submarines. This ‘Five Boat Force’

is also a positive indicator towards the

effectiveness of the Submarine Workforce

Growth Strategy. It assists in Navy’s capacity

to train new personnel to serve in Submarine

Force where they will operate state of the art

equipment with an increasing operational

tempo and presence in the Indo-Pacific


CO HMAS Farncomb breathing on EABS.

Members of support party during a Damage Control


At the AE2 Mess Dinner.

Dechaineux Netball Team - FCP Sports Day.

The crew are excited for the upcoming

running period which will put the boat

through her paces prior to full operational

status in early 2017. AB AWASM Cowling

HMAS Farncomb during a debrief post exercise.

Crew members at work in the Propulsion Control





EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

HMAS Rankin –

AE1 Service



HMAS Rankin,

ANZAC Dawn Service

By LEUT Dionette Sakova

On Thursday 14 Apr 2016 HMAS Rankin

conducted a memorial service for the 35

men lost onboard HMAS AE1 on 14 Sep

1914. Rankin conducted the service whilst

transiting past the Duke of York Islands near

Rabaul (Papua New Guinea) which is the

approximate location of where AE1 sunk with

all hands lost.

The service was planned to take place early

in the morning but poor weather delayed

the crew gathering on the casing until 1130.

CMDR Theobald began by welcoming the

Ships Company then invited LSMTSM Hunt

to begin the service with the naval prayer.

ABEWSM Schell then delivered the story

of AE1. He spoke of the poor weather

and visibility, the confined waters she was

operating in and the confusion as to her

whereabouts during the operation. To follow,

ABEWSM Eru shared the passages he had

personally chosen for the occasion ‘Jonah’s

Prayer’ and ‘Faith Brings Joy’. LSCISSM

Perez laid a sprig of rosemary into the

ocean in remembrance of the 35 British,

Australian and New Zealander crew, forever

on eternal patrol, while the ships company

joined LSMTSM Hunt in The Lords Prayer to

complete the service.

CMDR Theobald explained some of the

challenges any submarine would have faced

operating in the area; currents, reefs and

channels are just a few, all encountered

without the use of modern navigational

equipment. Following the service a seafood

lunch was enjoyed on the casing completed

with a swimex completing the occasion.

The crew used information from the “Find

AE1” Website ( a notfor-profit

company which is actively searching

for AE1’s location.•


By Jay Schell

Our search will never end

Few choose to be a mariner,

to live life out at sea.

Even fewer choose to be submariners still,

where we are all, at Poseidon’s plea.

For those brave men whom home was AE1,

we take off our hats and raise our glass high,

to salute you, on what you have done.

As you fought so valiantly beneath the Bismarck sea,

“Just another patrol you thought”

But that was not meant to be…

35 souls onboard your vessel, gone to the oceans grip.

Your brothers searched but sadly still,

you lay in the deepest of crypts.

Though you are lost, just waiting to be found,

your story will not be forgotten,

while us, your brothers, are still around

Through the dolphins on our chest.

Your memory will, live on

In the morning twilight of ANZAC Day, 2016 the Commanding

Officer (CMDR Doug Theobald, RAN) and crew of HMAS Rankin

gathered on the Northern shoreline of Guam to honour the

heroism, tenacity and the resilience of the ANZAC’s.

The morning was still, the ocean calm and the tourists were still

tucked in their bed as CMDR Theobald commenced the service.

LSMTSM Hunt followed with the Naval Prayer and ABEWSM Eru

read Ephesians 6:10 (Armour of God ).

LCDR Francis spoke of the events in the lead up to and on the

morning of April 25th 1915. He spoke of HMAS AE2, one of our

two early submarines. On the eve of the Gallipoli assault and

against all odds, AE2 penetrated the heavily mined Dardanelles.

Over the course of several days and ran amok in the Sea of

Marmara before surfacing due to mechanical damage. The crew

were captured as POWs but had done their job as the first allied

submarine to make it through. The chaos and damage they

caused in that short period is the most important achievement in

Australia’s submarine history.

He reminded the crew of Rankin of the lives those men gave in

the name of our nation and that as servicemen and women we

carry part of that ANZAC tradition on with us.

Thoughts flickered occasionally back to home where we knew

thousands of people, including our families and fellow submariners

were also gathered at Dawn Services across both Australia and

New Zealand. The Last Post was played followed by a minute of

silence. As the sun rose a recording of Reveille broke the silence,

completing the ceremony.•




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It “is” just cricket

By LCDR Brad Francis

HMAS Rankin took on the Northern Territory

branch of the Australian Lord’s Taverners for

a game of cricket during a recent port visit

to Darwin.

On the final leg of their North East Asian

Deployment, Rankin took on the local Darwin

team for a “24 overs” a side match at the

picturesque Gardens grounds on Sunday

26 Jun 16.

Whilst unseasonably warm, even by Darwin

standards, both teams made it through the

overs with regular refreshment breaks in a

well fought contest. Led onto the ground by

the CO, CMDR Doug Theobald, Rankin put

up a good showing, with the OPSO LEUT

Michael Power punishing the opposition

attack. However, runs came a little too

easily for the Taverners who edged ahead

in the final overs to clinch the match. Rankin

generously loaned the Taverners our USN

watch leader, LT Roger Terry to shore up the

oppositions batting order, however it wasn’t

enough to get the desired result.

Originating in a tavern at lords cricket ground

in 1950, the Taverners were set up by cricket

loving professionals as a charity to support

cricket for young people. The Australian

Lords Taverners spawned from the English

branch in 1982 and focuses on raising

money to support disadvantaged and/or

handicapped young people and provide

them with opportunities to play sport.

During the lunch break, the CO presented the

Chairman of the Northern Territory Branch,

Michael Martin OAM, with a ships plaque and

a donation from the welfare fund to assist in

Taverners and their charitable works.

The day was enjoyed by all and many thanks

to CEO of NT Cricket, Troy Watson for

organising the event.•

Rankin back

from the long haul

By LEUT Dionette Sakova


CO Rankin is piped as he walks off the gangway.

It’s certainly been a long time but HMAS

Rankin has finally returned to the home port

of the Australian Submarine Force at HMAS

Stirling after a nine month deployment.

Although not a typical sunny Perth day, spirits

were not dampened as families of the crew

listened to the band and admired the formed

SUBFOR platoon while waiting for Rankin

to come alongside. Among the welcoming

guests were Acting Fleet Commander,

Commodore Luke Charles-Jones,

Commander Submarine Force Captain Matt

Buckley, CSC and Acting Commanding

Officer HMAS Stirling Commander Milton


Originally departing Fleet Base West after

involvement in the Submarine Escape and

Rescue Exercise, Black Carillon in October

2015, Rankin has been away for a total of

267 days. Initially taking the southern route

to Fleet Base East, Rankin provided some of

the less frequently visited southern ports of

Australia an opportunity to catch a glimpse

of a Collins Class submarine.

and sea-ride opportunities. Taking the long

way home, Rankin then headed to, Guam,

Kobe (Japan) and Kure (Japan) for a very

successful Theatre deployment to Northeast

Asia. In addition to their operational Theatre

roles Rankin participated in Exercise Pacific

Reach, the International Submarine Escape

and Rescue Exercise, operating out of South

Korea and exercised with USN and JMSDF

Submarines. Finally, just to complete their

Rankin’s achievements have been numerous.

This included operating out of Fleet Base

East for an extended four month period,

supporting Fleet Exercises Ocean Master

and DIPEX (with the new Seahawk MH60R)

and providing the broader Fleet with visit

CMDR Doug Theobald, shakes hands with Commander Submarine Force, CAPT Matt Buckley, with the Chief of Staff

- Fleet Command, CDRE Luke Charles-Jones looking on.




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long loop of the Western Pacific , a visit to Darwin to re

Australianise and vote in the 2016 Federal election, prior her

final run down the west coast of Australia to FBW, home for

the approx 60 sailors and officers.

This extended period of high level activity has enabled Rankin

to qualify numerous sailors and officers as submariners

and additionally provide the opportunity for on the job

continuation training for many others. Rankin’s role as one

of the submarines deploying into the Indo-Pacific Theatre

in 2016 underscores a resurgent Submarine Force now

comprising five boats in service with the Fleet Commander.

This busy program and time away has been challenging for

the crew as well as families. A controlled and steady rotation

of Rankin’s personnel has provided opportunity for respite

as well as enabling members to spend some time with

family especially over the Christmas period. This approach

contributed to the success of this deployment as well as

assisting in maintaining high levels of morale.

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, CMDR Doug Theobald,

commented on the performance of the crew during this

expended period. “There have been trying times, as to be

expected during long periods away from home, but the team

jelled and performed exceptionally throughout the duration”

he said.

Captain Matt Buckley, CSC, said “This has been the longest

single deployment for a Collins Class submarine and

Rankin has achieved all key mission objectives, including

a number of firsts for Navy. I am extremely proud of the

efforts of Rankin’s CO and ship’s company and am very

thankful for the enduring support of their family and friends.

This deployment underscores the ongoing success of our

Submarine Enterprise and our capacity to deliver a potent

national strategic deterrent capability.”•

SMNMTSM Jarrod Ellicott is welcomed home by his girlfriend Emily and his family,

who had flown over from the east coast for his return.

CPO Robert Stewart is welcomed home by his wife Peta and children, Ailee (6),

Matthew (4) and Ashlyn (6 months),

Top of the

“Engineering” Class

The Australian Fleet Awards

are presented annually to the

highest performing Fleet Units,

Establishments and Flights

across a variety of disciplines

and skills. The Australia Cup

is awarded to the Fleet Unit

that has achieved the highest

standard of Marine Engineering

efficient and serviceability.

‘The 2015 recipient is

HMAS Sheean’

Being the first of our boats

to receive this award, the

inscription reads:

“HMAS Sheean has demonstrated a highly proactive and innovative approach to operational

platform systems engineering throughout 2015. Their preparation for a challenging Indian

Ocean Deployment was meticulous with ship’s staff working collaboratively with Submarine

Enterprise partners over the course of the intermediate docking to deliver the highest levels

of material readiness. Throughout their deployment the Engineering Department actively

managed a number of significant defects through sound practices to assure platform

system capability in the area of operations. A consistent forward leaning and innovative

team, the achievements of HMAS Sheean are commendable and in keeping with the finest

traditions of the Royal Australian Navy.”

Congratulations Sheean.•

RADM S Mayer (FC), LCDR S Miller (MEO) and CPOMTSM W Preston

(DMEO) after presentation of Australia Cup onboard HMAS Sheean

whilst in Gage Roads off Fremantle, April 2016.


The Award Certificate.

HMAS Rankin comes along side Diamantina Pier. HMAS Sheean Marine Engineering Department upon return to Australia 2015.




EDITION 2, 2016 EDITION 2, 2016

A View of the

‘Submarine Enterprise’

from a Submarine Crew


It’s mid afternoon and 1 st watch is on.

HMAS Waller has recently emerged from

an extensive refit and is now at depth in

the WAXA conducting equipment trials. A

number of systems have already been tested

extensively and are performing as expected.

A defect had already been identified on one

key system during the refit and the current

trial is putting the components to the test.

Several parameters are being monitored

however it is already clear that one parameter

in particular is not meeting its specification.

It’s March 2016 and there is a lot more that

Waller needs to achieve before leaving the

Australian station and heading east to Hawaii

to represent the RAN and the Submarine

Force at RIMPAC.

In the weeks that followed some tough

decisions were made which ultimately

resulted in Waller heading as far east as

Adelaide for an emergency docking at ASC’s

dockyard at Outer Harbour to address

the system defects indentified during the

licensing process.

The nature of the task to be undertaken

was complex and not normally performed

outside of Full Cycle Docking periods.

Before Waller arrived the ASC workforce

was already committed to HMA Ships Collins

(just commencing FCD) and Farncomb,

just completing FCD that was preparing

to proceed to sea. From April until June

Waller was on the hardstand at ASC-N

with shift workers supporting the Defect

Rectification Period (DRP) nearly around the

clock. Waller emerged from the DRP ahead

of the challenging schedule not as a matter

of course, but as a result of a clear and

common goal combined with a considerable

time investment and a coordinated effort

from the Enterprise. As of mid August,

Waller is preparing to sail from FBW for

a revised program. It is now that we can

look back on Waller’s time in Adelaide with

some objectivity and appreciation for what


If there is one factor not to be overlooked it is

the importance of the personal relationships

that were formed early in the DRP and

maintained throughout. ASC SA proved not

to be a faceless organisation, instead a team

of motivated people. And the crew of Waller

the same. Relationships were developed at

every level, and at every level were equally

important to the success of the DRP: from

the spirited conversations between CMDR

Richard Lindsey (CO) and Mr Andy Cann (GM

CCSM Delivery), to the questionable banter

between ABMTSM Joshua Day and Mr Andy

Curtis (ASC Engineer).

The immediate benefit of these relationships

was communication – a free flow of

information, ideas and expectations. There

was a common goal, a shared raison d’être,

and the effect was palpable. This was perhaps

most evident in the day to day working

relationships between Waller’s engineers,

LCDR William McDougall, LEUT Wes North

and LEUT Matt Tabulo, and the ASC Boat

Manager Mr Shannon Dainait. ASC also

noted that beyond this, the contribution of

Waller’s Engineering team was instrumental

in assessing technical and schedule risk

which assisted in decision making throughout

the DRP. The goal was clear: get Waller

back to sea in a seaworthy condition and

everything that was done was done with a

view to achieving this goal. Simply put: as

perceived or otherwise, the schedule was

never delayed unnecessarily and work was

conducted safely and efficiently. And as a

result, the ATP-DRP concluded two weeks

ahead of a realistic schedule.

It was not just ASC that supported Waller

during the ATP-DRP. Other Enterprise

organisations were also on hand and for

the most part brought their full resources

to bear on the problem of getting Waller

back to sea in minimal time. Waller’s Naval

Representative (NR), Mr Wayne Gilligan,

spent considerable time in Adelaide, away

from his desk at the Collins SPO at HMAS

Stirling, and his support and facilitation

of the repairs and subsequent emergent

work, including some challenging URDEFs

on unrelated systems, was appreciated by

all. Submarine Certification Group (SCG)

also proved critical to the DRP assisting

in SUBSAFE Re-Entry Controls (RECs)

and system and equipment isolations.

Waller’s crew commented favourably on

SCG’s ability to act as a sounding board

and as a liaison between Navy and ASC,

aiding in communication and translating

Navy’s requirements to ‘ASC speak’.

Finally, with Farncomb alongside preparing

to sail, their assistance was appreciated

and commendable. Farncomb provided

both stores and personnel to aid in defect

investigation and rectification.

Getting Waller to sea and proving her as

a Seaworthy mission system was a clear

priority, however it was important not to

ignore the morale of our Ship’s Company.

While in Adelaide, the majority of the crew was

accommodated in transit accommodation

at RAAF Base Edinburgh – an hour from

Outer Harbour and Adelaide city. Despite

the isolated living conditions, the uncertain

and changing program, and the dwindling

expectation of deploying to RIMPAC or

other exercises out of Hawaii, the crew

maintained an exceptional level of morale.

This was due in no small part to leadership

within the ranks. The positive effect that a

number of influential Junior Sailors had on the

attitude and outlook of the crew can not be

understated or underappreciated. A number

of personnel remarked that in many ways it

would have been easier to be at sea. Having

daily contact with home without being able

to provide physical support – being so close,

but so far – proved challenging. Working

hours were long and days off were few and

far between, and so every effort was made to

provide respite where possible and a number

of group activities were organised. The DRP

was challenging, and while some challenges

are enjoyable, the crew is happy to put the

DRP behind them and progress Waller’s

program for the remainder of 2016.

Waller emerged from the unscheduled

docking ready to proceed to sea and fulfil

any tasking or commitments required of her.

Of course if there was a choice, none of

this would have happened – however what

has been shown during the ATP-DRP is the

ability of the Enterprise to support, adapt and

deliver, and most importantly, bounce back

to achieve the aim.•




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Unheard We Work, Unseen We Win

The Trade


Rudyard Kipling

They bear, in place of classic names,

Letters and numbers on their skin.

They play their grisly blindfold games

In little boxes made of tin.

Sometimes they stalk the Zeppelin,

Sometimes they learn where mines are laid,

Or where the Baltic ice is thin.

That is the custom of “The Trade.”

Few prize-courts sit upon their claims.

They seldom tow their targets in.

They follow certain secret aims

Down under, Far from strife or din.

When they are ready to begin

No flag is flown, no fuss is made

More than the shearing of a pin.

That is the custom of “The Trade.”

The Scout’s quadruple funnel flames

A mark from Sweden to the Swin,

The Cruiser’s thund’rous screw proclaims

Her comings out and goings in:

But only whiffs of paraffin

Or creamy rings that fizz and fade

Show where the one-eyed Death has been

That is the custom of “The Trade.”

Their feats, their fortunes and their fames

Are hidden from their nearest kin;

No eager public backs or blames,

No journal prints the yarn they spin

(The Censor would not let it in! )

When they return from run or raid.

Unheard they work, unseen they win.

That is the custom of “The Trade.”

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