The Royal Australian Navy’s Submarine fleet has been bolstered by the return of HMAS Dechaineux to Fleet Base West in Western Australia.
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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There are now three Navy submarines ready for sea.
The boat’s arrival has been warmly welcomed by the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Russ Crane. “HMAS Dechaineux’s homecoming marks a major improvement in the state of our submarine force,” Vice Admiral Crane said.
HMAS Dechaineux joins HMAS Waller and HMAS Collins on the list of Submarines ready for sea. A generator fault forced all of them alongside for repairs at the beginning of the year.
The Australian Navy, The Defence Materiel Organisation and the Australian Submarine Corporation have spent the past five months working together to get Australia’s submarine fleet back to sea.
“Having three submarines ready for sea means we are back to having a viable and effective maritime deterrent”, Vice Admiral Crane said. “Normal maintenance cycles will mean we won’t always have three ready at the same time but this is a major step forward.”
HMAS Dechaineux’s return to WA today allows Navy to crew three vessels and have the remaining three submarines in reserve.
“Our crewing levels are also strong and I remain confident we can raise a fourth crew as scheduled by the end of 2011,” Vice Admiral Crane said.
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