Australia — Collins Class Submarines training in undersea warfare

Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy (RAN) Collins Class sub­marines have been cap­tured in impres­sive imagery, whilst exer­cis­ing off the West Aus­tralian coast recent­ly.

HMAS Dechaineux and HMAS Waller on exercise
HMAS Dechaineux and HMAS Waller on exer­cise.
Source: Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Defence
Click to enlarge

HMAS Collins, HMAS Dechaineux and HMAS Waller have been involved in an exten­sive train­ing exer­cise which has test­ed both the crews and sub­marines. Imagery avail­able shows two of the sub­marines con­duct­ing ear­ly morn­ing activ­i­ties just off Gar­den Island.

The exer­cise encom­passed a num­ber of mil­i­tary assets includ­ing RAN Frigate HMAS Anzac, three RAN Sea­hawk heli­copters from the Nowra based 816 Squadron and a Roy­al New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Ori­on. These units were tak­ing part in order to expose all par­tic­i­pants to a vari­ety of chal­leng­ing and com­plex anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare sce­nar­ios.

Com­man­der Aus­tralian Fleet, Rear Admi­ral Steve Gilmore said these types of exer­cis­es, involv­ing mul­ti­ple units are vital in ensur­ing that our war fight­ing skills and com­pe­ten­cies in the under-sea envi­ron­ment are main­tained at the high­est lev­el.

“The exer­cise pro­vid­ed appro­pri­ate chal­lenge to all who were involved, and was con­duct­ed with the utmost pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” said Rear Admi­ral Gilmore.

“Activ­i­ties such as these ensure our peo­ple and plat­forms remain at the high­est lev­el of readi­ness in the defence of Aus­tralia.”

Media Con­tacts: Defence Media Liai­son 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia