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LSIS Paul Berry
WHEN HMAS Farncomb turned her
attention to the decommissioned USNS
Kilauea during Exercise RIMPAC this
year, anticipation bubbled beneath the
surface of her focused crew.
Hundreds of training hours had led to
With the eyes of RIMPAC partici-
pants glued to Kilauea, Farncomb fired
one Mk48 advanced capability torpedo.
"As soon as we shot we went deep
and let the weapon do its thing," CO
Farncomb CMDR Glen Miles said.
The torpedo hit its mark just below
"When you hear that massive bang
that comes through the water and through
the hull, it was a feeling of sheer elation
and satisfaction," CMDR Miles said.
"The entire team was extremely
happy the weapon had done what we
wanted it to do and what it is designed
The 12,106-tonne Kilauea broke in
LSIS Paul Berry
A SERIES of Collins-class submarine
firsts and a world-class demonstration
of submarine firepower has capped off
an extremely successful year for the
The year started with Collins partici-
pating in Exercises Bersama Shield,
Platypus Moon, Tamex and various other
high-profile sea activities.
Collins operated against the new USN
P8-A Poseidon; a long-range anti-sub-
marine and anti-surface warfare, intel-
ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
aircraft, which will replace the P3 Orion.
On completion of a busy period,
Collins departed Western Australia for
Adelaide and full cycle docking.
Her crew subsequently transferred to
The start of the year also saw
Dechaineux provide work-up support to
Collins and complete essential training
days for her crew until she entered inter-
mediate docking in early March.
Dechaineux became the first Collins-
class submarine to achieve electronic
charting certification, a computer-based
navigation information system that
complies with International Maritime
The crew worked tirelessly alongside
various submarine organisations to get
under way and headed north to partici-
pate in Exercises Kakadu and Singaroo,
and achieve their unit readiness evalua-
tion.Significantly, Dechaineux assisted
HMAS Warramunga with its MU90 tor-
pedo operational test and evaluation firing.
CAPT Emile Dechaineux, the name-
sake of Dechaineux, was the CO of
Warramunga in 1943.
Dechaineux finished the year con-
ducting Exercise Platypus Moon and
CO Dechaineux CMDR James
Lybrand commended his crew for its
busy and successful year.
"We've had a lot of short time frame
events to meet and the crew has done a
great job working together to get our-
selves ready to sail on time, so I think it's
been a pretty successful year," he said.
Farncomb performed strongly with her
outstanding deployment to Hawaii for
Farncomb demonstrated the inval-
uable role submarines play in modern
warfare when she decisively sunk a tar-
get ship, the 12,106-tonne former USNS
The submarine fired one Mk48
advanced capability torpedo and
achieved a hit on Kilauea as part of a
CO Farncomb CMDR Glen Miles said
he was proud of his 60-strong crew for
achieving such a significant milestone.
Hitting the mark
two after the impact and sank about 40
"We've been practising that shot for a
while, honing our weapons drills to make
sure we hit, so there was plenty of antici-
pation built up," CMDR Miles said.
"It's a fantastic feeling to come back
to Australia knowing you have success-
fully demonstrated the capability of the
Collins-class submarine on the world
ON WATCH: XO HMAS Farncomb LCDR Stephen Blake, Navigation Officer
LEUT Adam Masters and CO Farncomb CMDR Glen Miles on the bridge of
Farncomb as she comes alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West.
Photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
Submarine casing party on
board HMAS Dechaineux as
she departs from Diamantina
Wharf at Fleet Base West.
Photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani
SUCCESS: Former USNS Kilauea
breaks apart and sinks after a torpedo
attack from HMAS Farncomb during
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