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October 14, 2010
By Michael Brooke
THE voice of the 'silent service' has
been wooing scores of potential subma-
riners during HMAS Collins' (CMDR
Glen Miles) milestone voyage, circum-
Stealth is one of the silent service's
greatest assets, but fortunately that hasn't
stopped its recruiting mouthpiece, the
Submarine Recruiting Team (SMRT),
from putting submarines on the radar of
sailors seeking new career challenges.
CMDR Miles said numerous port vis-
its and sea-rides during her voyage had
succeeded in raising awareness of subma-
rine career options, as well as the strong
resurgence by the submarine force.
"During our voyage Collins has par-
ticipated in a number of important exer-
cises, such as Ex Kakadu. We have also
contributed to other training activities,
such as helping HMAS Sydney achieve
her antisubmarine warfare milestone and
HMAS Stuart with her WUP," CMDR
"Since participating in Ex Kakadu,
Collins has also partnered with the SMRT
to boost recruiting by conducting sea-
rides and information workshops at key
naval establishments around the country."
SMRT member, PO Justin Hill, said
more than 950 sailors attended the sub-
marine information workshops and boat
tours, which were conducted at HMAS
Cairns, Kuttabul, Watson and Cerberus.
PO Hill said the workshops succeeded
in raising awareness of submarine careers
and also the conditions of service, while
encouraging and assisting surface fleet
personnel to transfer to the submarine
"Our aim is to educate the Navy fam-
ily on life in submarines and the benefits
of becoming part of an elite Navy team,"
PO Hill said.
"The Submarine Force is the ADF's
most important strategic asset and offers
challenges and levels of job satisfaction
not available in the wider fleet."
Among more than 100 sailors
to attend the information workshop at
Kuttabul in October was ABMT Thomas
Hodson, who has already applied to trans-
fer to the submarine force.
"For me the big attractions are the
camaraderie, the posting stability for my
family, and the financial bonuses and
incentives," AB Hodson said.
AB Hodson said the information
workshop was "very encouraging" and
served to resolve his concern about the
necessary security clearance.
"Joining the submarine force is based
on an informed decision, as I first toured
HMAS Collins some 10 years ago, so
I've had a long time to think about mak-
ing the right career move," he said.
More than 2000 members of the wider
Navy community toured Collins while
she was berthed in Cairns, Darwin, and
Newcastle, with Melbourne in its sights
There has been a sharp increase in
submarine personnel and boat avail-
'Silent service' hunting recruits
ability since the establishment of the
SMRT and other initiatives made
under RADM Moffitt's Submarine
Workforce Sustainability Review.
The Submarine Force currently
has three fully crewed submarines,
a Submarine Support Group that is
more than 50 per cent staffed and a
shore organisation which is 75 per
The recent availability of three
submarines -- Waller, Collins and
Dechaineux -- has also served to
remove bottlenecks in the training
pipeline, which has allowed more
part three trainees to complete their
task books at sea.
PO Hill said sailors and officers
wanting a more comprehensive look
at a career in submarines can nomi-
nate for the Submarine Suitability
Course, which is a five-day, obliga-
tion-free look at all aspects of sub-
The SMRT can be contacted on (08)
9553 3821 or email: submarine.
Mine sweepers hone
their magnetic attraction
RECRUITING DIVE: HMAS Collins sails past the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on her way
into Fleet Base East.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
MINE Warfare sailors and ship's
company of Mine Sweeper Auxiliary
HMAS Bandicoot (CPO Paul Gruber)
conducted mini dyad influence sweep
training recently, to prepare for the
reinvigoration of the maxi dyad system
Ten personnel from the Mine Warfare
and Geospatial Deployable Systems Team
(MGDST) Deployable Influence Sweep
Element (DISE) trained with mini dyads,
which emulate a ship's magnetic signa-
ture, in Jervis Bay on August 9--27.
I/C of Deployable Influence Sweep
Systems, CPOMW Mark May, said the
objective was to consolidate training pro-
cesses and prepare for the reintroduction
of the RAN's maxi dyad system.
"The three-week training period in
August involved the launch, deployment
and recovery of eight mini dyads and the
Australian Acoustic Generator (AAG),"
CPO May said.
"During the tactical development
period in October, the MGDST DISE
will conduct mine sweeping train-
ing with HMA Ships Huon, Yarra and
Diamantina, and a civilian craft of oppor-
"The training and tactical develop-
ment will focus on the maxi dyad sys-
The mini and maxi dyad sweep sys-
tems consist of up to 16 magnetic cylin-
ders that are towed astern of a vessel and
configured to emulate a specific ship's
These dyads are operated in conjunc-
tion with the AAG, which is configured to
emulate the acoustic signatures of ships.
CPO May said RAN mine warfare and
clearance diving assets used these sys-
tems to conduct influence sweeping.
"For example, if an enemy was to
mine Darwin Harbour, our job, as the
DISE, would be to supply the dyad influ-
ence and sweep it with our equipment for
any known influence or suspected enemy
mines," he said.
"The modern day sea mine is very
sophisticated: They are computer-con-
trolled and can be actuated by acoustic,
magnetic and pressure signatures, or any
combination of the three. If a mine in
Darwin Harbour is programmed to target
Armidale-class patrol boats then it will
only actuate and detonate once it process-
es the acoustic and magnetic signatures
belonging to that particular vessel.
"So the DISE uses the mini and maxi
dyad, and AAG systems, to emulate the
target vessel's signatures by towing the
dyads and AAG through the water in an
attempt to fool the mine so it detonates,
which means no ships get sunk and hope-
fully no one dies."
SWEEPING VIEW: A modified RHIB tows a mini dyad cylinder to sweep
Jervis Bay for enemy mines.
Photo: CPOMW Mark May
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