SUBFOR - HMAS Stirling
HMAS Stirling is the home of the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service, the collective name of the submarine element of the Royal Australian Navy. The service currently forms the Navy's Submarine Force (SUBFOR) and consists of six Collins class submarines.
Since its commissioning on 28 July 1978 HMAS Stirling has expanded enormously within its existing boundaries and has seen building such as the Submarine Escape Training Facility - one of only six in the world and the only one in the southern hemisphere constructed - and the Submarine Training and Systems Centre (STSC)and the 314 metre long two-level Diamantina Pier.
HMAS Stirling's primary purpose is to provide operational and logistics support to the RAN ships, submarines and aircraft based in WA.
HMAS PLATYPUS was designed and built to provide base support for the six '0' Class submarines of the Royal Australian Navy. The base was built on ground which was formerly part of the Royal Australian Naval Torpedo Establishment in Neutral Bay, Sydney.
Unfortunately "Plats" has gone, and so has the relationships and sense of being that your own home provides. The submarines now operate from HMAS Stirling in Western Australia with the skimmers.
The first submarine base in Australia surprisingly was not in Sydney but at Corio now a suburb of North Geelong, Victoria from 1920-1922. So why was the first base so far removed from the then main fleet at Sydney?
The Australian Dolphins
The story behind the Australian Submariner's Dolphins, the symbol that identifies our submariners and are worn with pride.
The Australian White Ensign
The formal announcement of a new ensign for the RAN was made by the Prime Minister on 23 December 1966. Originally it was intended to introduce the new ensign on the 1 May 1967 but this was subsequently amended to 1 March 1967
The Submarines Association Australia
The Sydney Chapter of the Submarine Old Comrades Association was the first chapter to be formed with the assistance of the SOCA London Branch, the oldest submarine association in the world, making the Submarines Association the second oldest association. The other Chapters of SOCA in both United Kingdom and overseas, plus other international associations were not founded until after the Second World War.
Our Mates, the Poms
The Royal Navy Fourth SM Squadron (SM4)
Before the introduction of the Oberon class submarines into service with the RAN SM4 provided the Australian and New Zealand navies submarines to support anti submarine training. These submarines were based at HMAS Penguin in Sydney.
This is the story of the men and boats attached to SM4.