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November 8, 2012
Farncomb completes mission
LEUT Michael Wheeler
HMAS Farncomb sailed into Fleet
Base West on October 27 after her
successful deployment to Hawaii for
Exercise RIMPAC 2012.
Farncomb yet again demonstrated
the invaluable role submarines play in
modern warfare when she decisively
sunk a target ship, the 12,106-tonne
former United States Navy (USN) Ship
The submarine fired one Mark 48
ADCAP Torpedo and achieved a hit
just below the bridge of the ship as
part of a sinking exercise. After impact
the Kilauea broke into two parts and
sank about 40 minutes later.
CO Farncomb CMDR Glen Miles
said he was proud of his 60-strong
crew for achieving such a significant
"It's a fantastic feeling to come
back to Australia knowing you have
successfully demonstrated the capabil-
ity of the Collins-class submarine on
the world stage," CMDR Miles said.
"This is the result of the profession-
alism and teamwork of the dedicated
people on board as well as the external
agencies that support submarines."
RIMPAC is the world's largest
international maritime exercise pro-
viding a unique training opportunity
to foster and sustain the cooperative
relationships critical to ensuring secu-
rity in the maritime environment. The
exercise includes submarines, surface
ships and aircraft all participating in a
realistic maritime warfare scenario off
the Hawaiian coast.
A further highlight of RIMPAC
for Farncomb was a joint USN/RAN
unmanned aerial vehicle demonstra-
tion. This demonstration involved the
handover of control of a UAV from the
USN to Farncomb and the capture of
In addition to RIMPAC, Farncomb
participated in the USN Submarine
Command Course and the Australian
Submarine Warfare Officers Course.
These courses are designed to develop
and train future submarine commanders.
Farncomb completed a busy
deployment participating in an anti-
submarine warfare exercise called
Exercise Lungfish, which focuses on
developing torpedo tactics.
JOB'S DONE: Sailors tend lines on the casing of HMAS Farncomb
(above) as she berths at HMAS Stirling after several months away and,
(right) families and friends wait for their loved ones on Diamantina Pier as
the submarine approaches.
Photos: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
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