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June 23, 2011
MISSION COMPLETE: MV
Seahorse Standard recovers
the James Fisher submarine
rescue service vehicle, the
LR5, to the surface in the
successful Black Carillon
2011-1 exercise on June 3.
Photos: LSIS Nina Nikolin
IN HIGH SPIRITS: ABCK Ben Dazkiw joins rescue
chamber operator Kevin Rennie inside the LR5.
If ever the RAN is
confronted with the need
to rescue personnel
from a distressed
submarine, it can put
to use the lessons
learnt during testing
of submarine rescue
capabilities in Exercise
Black Carillon 2011-1.
HANDLE WITH CARE: LSMEDSM Kelly Frazer prepares
a casualty for transfer to the LR5.
TEAMWORK: LSMEDSM David Croft shares a laugh with
Executive Officer of HMAS Waller, LCDR Ken Marr.
THE thought of being inside a
bottomed submarine is something
that no submariner ever wants to
Preparing for such scenarios is vital, how-
ever, if one day some of our finest personnel are
in need of rescuing.
As part of Exercise Black Carillon 2011-1
on June 3 off the West Australian coast, Navy
successfully demonstrated its submarine rescue
The exercise, which began in mid-May, was
designed to test and demonstrate the Navy's
submarine escape and rescue capability in a
realistic scenario, and was a requirement of the
Navy's submarine safety program.
The method of submarine escape which
was exercised as part of Black Carillon
involved personnel transferring from a bot-
tomed submarine into the James Fisher subma-
rine rescue service vehicle (the LR5) for trans-
portation to another vessel at the surface.
At depth, the mating of the LR5 rescue
vehicle to the submarine required a high level
of expertise and proven technology.
On the surface, the rescued submariners
were tended to by Navy medical teams aboard
the rescue mothership MV Seahorse Standard.
The submarine rescue capability proven
during Exercise Black Carillon also involved
simulated medical scenarios both in the "disa-
bled" submarine and on the surface.
Commander Submarine Force CAPT Brett
Sampson said the completion of a complex sub-
marine rescue scenario proved that submariners
could be confident in the submarine rescue
capability provided by the RAN.
"Black Carillon is an extraordinarily valu-
able opportunity to exercise our submarine
escape and rescue capability," CAPT Sampson
"The successful completion of the subma-
rine escape as part of Exercise Black Carillon
proves that the RAN is well equipped to take
action to rescue submariners in the unlikely
event of a submarine incident."
Black Carillon 2011-1 is the 13th in a series
of RAN submarine escape and rescue exercises
designed to test and demonstrate submarine
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