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SUBFOR SPECIAL LIFTOUT
HMA Ships Dechaineux
and Waller on exercise off
Photo: Richard Gale
By LEUT Dan Sutherland
THE boats of the Australian
Submarine Force have once again
operated as a pack at sea, sailing in
support of each other in Exercise
Ex Double Trouble was a combined
operational work-up/unit readiness
evaluation period for HMA Ships Collins
and Dechaineux. Supporting units
included HMA Ships Waller and Anzac,
as well as aircraft from 816 Squadron
and the RNZAF's 5 Squadron.
Sea Training Unit -- Submarines
simultaneously embarked in two subma-
rines to cover the intensive operational
training required to assist them in achiev-
ing such an important milestone.
The gruelling two weeks at sea put
the submariners through their paces as
they regularly conducted anti-submarine
warfare exercises in conjunction with
aircraft and surface units.
Of the 30 sorties flown by 816
Squadron, two thirds were against sub-
marine targets, providing an extra chal-
lenge for the submariners while enhanc-
ing the overall anti-submarine warfare
capability of the Fleet.
A particular highlight was the subma-
rine interaction -- the three participating
submarines pitted against each other in a
series of exercises designed to train them
in tracking and attacking other subma-
All three crews enjoyed the chance to
prove their supremacy of the briny deep,
although no clear victor emerged!
No operational work-up would be
complete without weapons firings, and
Ex Double Trouble was no exception.
Ably assisted by Anzac, Dechaineux
fired highly advanced Mk 48 ADCAP
heavyweight torpedoes, achieving weap-
ons certification by successfully engag-
ing and 'killing' the 'enemy' warship.
Ex Double Trouble marked an impor-
tant milestone in Australia's submarine
capability, as well as providing a preview
of Fleet operations to come as the new
Fleet Operating Concept is implemented.
Greater interaction between surface,
sub-surface and air assets presents
an enjoyable challenge for the crews
involved, but it also increases the level of
training, experience and ultimately the
standard of anti-submarine warfare profi-
ciency throughout the Australian Fleet.
The next few months will see the sub-
marine crews and support crews partici-
pate in a series of back-to-back individ-
ual training and support activities, with
Collins and Dechaineux set to take part
in Exercise Kakadu 2010, while Waller
will conduct West Australian port visits
as part of her local operations and trials
One thing is for sure -- they all
remain equally committed to the maxim
that there are only two types of ships:
submarines, and targets.
AT WORK: CPOCTSSM William Nicol, Chief of
HMAS Waller (left), chats with Waller's XO, LCDR
Matthew Brown, in the control room.
Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith
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