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April 14, 2011
By CMDR Peter Foster
HMAS Waller's crew were quite
literally rocked on March 6 when
members of the legendary heavy
metal band Iron Maiden visited the
submarine at Fleet Base West.
The band, which was headlining
the Soundwave Festival in Perth, was
treated to a tour of the boat and was
impressed by the complexity of the
engineering needed to keep the subma-
Drummer Nicko McBrain and gui-
tarist Jannick Gers met the crew and
complimented them on coping with
being underwater in such a confined
space for long periods.
Executive Officer LCDR Ken Marr
said it was a great opportunity to host
such famous guests.
"The visit will undoubtedly feature
as one of the highlights of the year,"
POCTSSM Tony Mahony said the
rockers were down-to-earth and genu-
inely interested in the submarine.
They presented the submarine's
crew with a signed t-shirt and drum-
sticks used in their Adelaide show the
The drumsticks will be framed and
mounted in the junior rates' mess.
The t-shirt was awarded as first
prize at a quiz night held during
Exercise Triton Storm II.
Waller's maiden visit
Band rocks the boat
ROCK ON! Iron Maiden guitar-
ist Jannick Gers and drummer
Nicko McBrain get a taste of
life as a submariner on board
HMAS Waller while, inset
right, Waller's COB CPO Paul
Freestone and POCTSSM Tony
Mahony welcome the legend-
ary musicians aboard.
Photos: John McMurtrie
AT SEA: HMAS Waller
and HMAS Dechaineux.
Photo: Richard Gale
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