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December 6, 2012
"My biggest highlight for the year was
probably the Darwin trip and all that it
encompassed both at sea, tactically
on the submarine and ashore socially
with the crew. Another period of note
would probably be the safety work-ups.
Everyone always complains about how
hard and annoying it is being woken at
all hours of the day and night, however,
I found it quite enjoyable and it was a
steep learning curve."
-- ABET SM Leon Bromley
"Serving on a Collins-class submarine
provides limitless adventure, ranging
from a multinational surface and subsur-
face Exercises Singaroo and Kakadu, to
working with Special Forces members."
-- LSAWA SM Scott Connolly
"It is the challenge of working in an
environment that you won't find any-
where else. The fact that you are a part
of such a close knit crew and knowing
that there is always somebody that will
have your back."
-- ABMT Winston Gavriel
"Being a submariner is an exciting and
diverse career. I highly encourage any
medic who is seeking a challenge to
consider changing over to the Submarine
Squadron. I love that within the space
of 24 hours I may dive the submarine,
perform medical procedures, work on the
combat system and perform in the role of
the Control Room Manager."
-- POMED SM Dionette Wilson
"This is the result of the professional-
ism and teamwork of the dedicated peo-
ple on board as well as the external agen-
cies that support submarines," CMDR
A further highlight of RIMPAC
for Farncomb was a joint USN/RAN
unmanned aerial vehicle demonstration.
The successful deployment was the
result of much planning by not only the
submarine crew but also myriad support
organisations, including contractors, sub-
contractors and DMO.
"We've had RIMPAC 12 in our sights
since early 2010 and everything we've
done has worked up toward that goal,"
CMDR Miles said.
In addition to RIMPAC, Farncomb
participated in the USN Submarine
Command Course and the Australian
Submarine Warfare Officers Course,
designed to develop and train future sub-
Farncomb completed a busy deploy-
ment participating in Exercise Lungfish,
an anti-submarine warfare exercise,
which focused on developing anti-sub-
marine warfare torpedo tactics. She com-
pletes the year preparing for a certifica-
tion extension docking, which is sched-
uled to begin on December 12.
HMA Ships Rankin and Waller
The newly established fourth crew is
looking forward to Rankin and Waller
coming out of their deep maintenance
periods in Adelaide.
Sheean has exited deep maintenance and
over the later quarter of the year has been
conducting trials and licensing off South
Bringing a submarine out of a main-
tenance is a challenging activity and it
is a testament to the crew and the whole
submarine enterprise that Sheean has
achieved this significant milestone.
Commander Submarine Force CAPT
Mark Potter said the force has had an
outstanding year and adapted and over-
came the many decisive challenges that
have been confronted.
"These challenges require the sub-
marine community to work as an enter-
prise and it is extremely rewarding to see
many of the past issues being proactively
addressed during 2012," CAPT Potter said.
"Many reviews and initiatives have
been introduced and or conducted during
"The force has embraced these reviews
and is aware they will only serve to
improve submarine capability in the future.
"People remain the key focus and it
is the intention in 2013 and beyond to
continue to drive cultural change and
promote the wellbeing of all members of
"SUBFOR would also like to recog-
nise ASC, DMO, the APS and all associ-
ated personnel that participate and contrib-
ute to the submarine enterprise. Without
their support there simply wouldn't be a
EXCITING WORK: HMAS Farncomb enters Sydney Harbour for a port visit to Garden Island. Inset, WOMT
SM Mark Layton on board Farncomb.
Photos: ABIS Richard Cordell and LSIS Nina Fogliani
ON THE JOB: ABMT SM Catilina Teamoke on board HMAS Farncomb in the
electrical equipment space and main generator room. Photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani
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