Sunday, 26th January 2014 - Australia Day
My neighbours took me into Maryborough for dinner last night, nice of them. tried out the Indian restaurant, didn't even know it was there as iot is well hidden. A pleasant surprise, the decor was terrible but the meal good.
I will be glad when everyone returns from holidays and start submitting material for the Log as it is not easy to pull together articles of interest. I have ventured into Facebook to see what is going on, but I think the standard of some entries has reached rock bottom.
For a while there, things around the house had settled down a bit, but the dramas have started again. First up an invasion of little black ants, they are everywhere and despite trying everything available I cannot get rid of them. Neighbours are having the same problem.
I bought, at huge expense, new curtains for the lounge room. The bloody things are huge and when I unpacked them they had a 'permanent' crease where they were folded. Even ironing them proved fruitless so I decided to soak them and hang them in the sun for a couple of days. A slight improvement but it has created another problem..... bird shit! I swear they used them for target practice and their aim is pretty good! Tomorrow I am going to hit them with the pressure cleaner (had to buy a new one, old one stuffed) and see if that cleans them up.
Being on tank water can be a problem, especially when you have had no decent rain for a while. My low level suction cut in yesterday which is not a real problem as my tanks are huge and I still have a third of a tank left. However the pump was not happy and would not shut down. Normally I would just replace it with my spare, but ever the good samaritan, I lent it to a neighbour a few weeks ago till his got fixed. Turns out he hasn't. So I am running on manual, only turning it on to top up buckets for household use until I can get new pressure switch on Tuesday.
You may recall I rebuilt my back steps a few months back, solid as a rock. The ongoing dry weather is causing the ground to shrink (clay soil) and everything to move. Obviously I never left enough clearance as one of the steps fell out (just after I walked on it) and it took almost a day to repair. Never was much of a shipwright!
The joys of living in the bush.
I was disappointed that no serving submariner's were recognised in today's Honours List. It looks like you needed to be in the RAAF to get a mention this year. Never mind, the efforts of the submarine community as a whole is acknowledged as worthy of praise. BZ to all those that keep the boats where they should be, at sea.
Poor old Bill, he is in the dog house again When I asked him why he said that he had just been to the doctor as Jean was not feeling well. He said "After the initial examination, the doctor says:- "Your heart, lungs, pulse and blood pressure are all fine. Now let me see the bit that gets you ladies into all kinds of trouble." Jean started taking off her undies but Bill stopped her and said. "No! No! Leave your knickers on ....... Just stick out your tongue!" Poor bastard didn't know what hit him.
And that's your lot for this week. all going well there will be a Log again next week.
Around the Traps
Anne Bax has sent an update on Garry. "Well folks, the saga continues. It looks as if the cause of the problems for Garry is an abscess somewhere in the innards near the site of the operation. A long course of antibiotics is helping slowly but surely to restore some colour to his face and lower his temperature. Tuesday he has to have a biopsy (under imaging guidance) to cover the “just in case” aspects of the matter arising from the scan last week."
Anne continued "While he is starting to feel a bit better he is also going a bit stir crazy. Stuck him in the wheelchair today and took him for a wander and to have coffee. Tomorrow we have arranged to go out for a drive and see some of the outside world for a while. We are still planning for him to travel in April but it looks like I will be tagging along as well. We still have quite a way to go. Food has been a bugbear all along and after making some progress I suspect we have gone very backwards.At least he is now getting supplements in hospital. His concentration is still a negative quantity so he cannot even escape the surrounds in a book. Visits have been appreciated even if he has not been apparently very receptive."
Anne Bax also pointed out that that Tommy Duncan would now be a grandad as his youngest daughter Katharine gave birth to Xavier Thomas Pedavoli last Sunday evening. No doubt Tom is watching on with that glint in his eye and a quiet smile and raising a glass to the next generation of submariner in the family.
Sandra Davis noticed this item at work during the week. "22 Jan 1963 The Australian Cabinet approved a contract with Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Ltd. Of Greenock, Scotland to build eight Oberon class submarines for the RAN. The order was later reduced to six."
I noticed that another submariner has a skimmer posting. CMDR Henri Nord-Thomson has a new job, Engineer Officer of NUSHIP Adelaide (LHD01). I think they only volunteer for these things for the cabins and facilities onboard.
There has been quite a lot of comment on the CN's comments in (and on) the media this week and the Facebook rabble should take notice of this well thought out response from Ken Norris: "These words from the Chief of Navy are welcome and the acceptance of unsubstantiated reports from boat people of mistreatment by our men in uniform is reflective of the biased reporting of media outlets such as our public funded ABC."
"It is important that an independent body review the perceived reporting biases of our ABC and to determine if current reporting is biased towards any particular political or cultural point of view. In general I am a strong supporter of the ABC but it is important that the reported news is balanced and fair to all parties being reported on."
Sandy 'HiRob' Freeleagus wrote "The other day after I had cleaned my glasses for the 19th time, Rob of HiRob asked me what the hell I was doing. I told her that my glasses were continually dirty and I couldn't see out of them. She then explained about the extensive bushfire smoke on Stradbroke Island. I knew that. Mention is made of us all getting older. Sad , but true. I can remember once (way back when the CEP was driven by a pencil and we had only a weenie dome up front and our principal function was clockwork mousing) in a Mess Meeting in Otway, I proposed that all mess members over the age of 30 should be shot. The motion was narrowly defeated. Whoever would've thought I would have lived this long. But they say rum preserves don't they...."
Bernadette Dick, wife of the Tasmanian Dick, Darryl, is still recovering in hospital and we wish her well. I only have one question, is she recovering from Darryl? She is in for a surprise when she does go home, he has asked for advice for colours to paint the bathroom. Always good advice to ask around for ideas, but on Facebook!!! The best they will come up with is shipside grey or black!
As I am now 12 months older Geoff Anderson thought I might enjoy this tune, "The green side of the grass – it’s a good place to be." Very catchy Geoff and I now understand what 'blue side of the sky' means. Very deep!
Melanie Oswald is looking for help and asks "I am currently trying to gather some information to put together in a book for my Grandfather for his 90th birthday. We live in England and my Grandfather was a submarine stoker during WW2. His name is William Pooley (Jack to friends and family) and he served on the HMS Tantalus and docked a couple of times in Fremantle Australia. I was wondering if you have any information or photos documenting their time in Australia that I could use or could suggest anywhere else I could contact?" Tom Oates of the Submariners Association (Australia Branch) has offered to provide some information that he holds in WA.
Blake Mitchell, shown here with his dogs, wrote "I would appreciate any of the crew on Ovens for the long trip (Adelaide, Perth, Honkers, Singapore, Hawaii, Apia, Port Vila and Coffs Harbour) in 1975 that have any photos contacting me via email so as I can get a copy of them. I am also chasing photos from Onslow during 1973/74, Otway in 1974/75. I am willing to pay for these copies.
The white dog looks like he likes to attack tyres, just like Niggs. He has cost me a fortune in new tubes for the wheelbarrow and ride on mower.
Richard Bywater posted this photo with Stuart 'Titch' Weymouth on Facebook with the caption 'We were young once' and it made me really realise how young we all were in the old days.
I think it captures the strong bond between shipmates, real Buddies in Boats.
In recognition of the Centenary of Submarines this year, Queensland submariners have been invited to lead the 2014 ANZAC Day March in Brisbane. President of SAA Queensland, Graeme Caesar, reminds all submariners, whether members of SAA Queensland or not,they are encouraged to participate in our celebrations throughout the day.
Queensland submariners will also be celebrating the Centenary of Submarines with a Gala Ball at the Grand Chelsea Ballroom, Mercure Hotel, North Quay, in September. Graeme said "Bring your friends to a great night out at the Grand Chelsea Ballroom at the Mercure Hotel Brisbane with a very special Guest Speaker - Mr. David Gould CB, General Manager Submarines, DMO, and entertainment by the Queensland Detachment of the RAN Band playing all those Big Band "swing" tunes that you love."
For those who have not yet booked, please don't put it off until the last minute as the organisers need to know numbers early to get the logistics right. Click Here to book and pay. Follow this link for the full list of events on the SAA Queensland website
The SAA Western Australia Secretary reports that this will a year full of pride and celebration for all submariners culminating in SUBWEEK 100 in November here in Fremantle. The Calendar of Events for Western Australia submariner's activities for 2014 are available at this link and the detailed program for the national SUBWEEK 100 Activities are on the AUSSUBS100 website.
Activities for Western Australian submariners include the dedication of the '3 Lost Sailors Plaque' at the Orion Fin in the Rockingham Navy Memorial Park, a visit to a Collins Class Submarine. This year the ANZAC DAY March will return to Perth and Submariners will lead the ex service contingent in recognition of the centenary. SUBFOR will lead the Navy Section of the Parade.
The Public Launch of the Submarine Centenary Celebrations will be at Darling Harbour National Maritime Museum, abeam HMAS Onslow by the Minister For Defence, Senator David Johnston on Friday 7 February at about 1100. Submariners will be represented by the President of the NSW Branch.
Vale - CAPT Mike Everett RN (Rtd)
Captain Mike Everett, who has died aged 79, served in nuclear submarines during the Cold War. In 1969 Everett was sent on exchange to the US Navy submarine base at New London, Connecticut, where he learned and helped to develop nuclear submarine tactics. He subsequently brought his newly acquired knowledge home, serving at the naval base in Faslane, first as commander in charge of the Submarine Tactical Weapons Group, developing tactics and weapons for the Royal Navy. Then, in 1975-76, he commanded the nuclear-powered missile-firing submarine Renown.
At 8,400 tons displacement, Renown was capable of 25 knots underwater, its endurance limited only by the amount of victuals it could carry . To maximise the use of each submarine, they had two crews, known as “Port” and “Starboard”, which alternated to ensure that the boat was always at readiness; Everett commanded Renown’s Port crew.
Vale Jenny M.B.E.
For any sailor who served in the Far East Jenny and her side party were the stuff of legend. The speed & efficiency with which her team of 'girls' could paint a warship from stem to stern was simply amazing. Generations of sailors who visited Hong Kong will mourn the death of Jenny. She was a much loved figure and an incomparable institution for well over half a century. She died peacefully on 18 February 2009 at the age of 92.
Much of her life was an enigma; however the authors of her twenty-seven Certificates of Service generally agreed that she was born in a sampan in Causeway Bay in 1917. Her mother, Jenny One, according to her one surviving Certificate of Service, which was copied in 1946 from an older, much battered and largely illegible document, 'provided serviceable sampans for the general use of the Royal Navy, obtained sand, and, was useful for changing money'.
Jenny's Side Party consisted of a party of girls who liked nothing more than to help someone. They didn't have any money to speak of and their needs were simple, their lives were simple but they were happy and they were Chinese. On arrival in Hong Kong Jenny's side party were permitted to attach themselves to visiting war ships, the girls were very popular and adept with a paint brush. Their pay consisted of spare food, bits of rope, tin, bottles, in fact anything that would usually have been jettisoned overboard. When not armed with a paint brush the girls could be found at various points around the ship washing clothes, darning socks, stitches badges or ironing for one shipmate or other. Another piece of Naval history lost. Full article at this link.
Australian National Maritime Museum Warships (Royal Australian Navy) Pavilion
The Australian National Maritime Museum will build a state-of-the-art Warships (Royal Australian Navy) Pavilion to mark the centenary of World War I and commemorate 100 years of submarine and surface service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Located adjacent to the museum's ex-Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, submarine HMAS Onslow and patrol boat HMAS Advance, the pavilion will provide a dynamic, immersive entry experience for visitors on the history of the RAN and its people. A memorial to AE1 will also form part of the entry to the pavilion. Full article.
Whew, scientific proof. What a relief to learn this!
Have you ever walked into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was? It turns out that doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses. Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what's known as an Event Boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.
Thank goodness for studies like this. It's not our age, it's that damn door !
Roger 'Salty' Saltmarsh asks "Do you ever have one of those days when nothing nothing works for you? I can relate to this video! Are you into cooking? How do you separate eggs? Watch this demonstration and then remember it........I’d never seen this one before."
The Cold War - Submarines: In Enemy Depths
During the Cold War, US and Soviet submarines had countless encounters where an unsteady trigger finger could have led to nuclear war. Submerge into a world of underwater espionage. 45 minutes but very good.
Tales of the Sea
Eric’s Tales of the Sea is an award winning show that will be on again at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It will make you laugh; it will also make you cry. This show has been described as an ‘emotional rollercoaster.’
The show takes the audience on a journey as Eric recounts his life in the Royal Navy from the age of 16, which he spent largely underwater in a cold war nuclear submarine. But this isn’t a show about the cold war, nor is it just about submarines; it is a show about the men that submerge in those submarines, often for months on end… Details at this link.
Sunday, 19th January 2014
Around the Traps
Tony Vine visited Gary "Cathie and I spent an hour with him this afternoon, and although frail looking and very tired he seems in good spirits and still hopeful of getting to a reunion of his UK intake in April. Gary is in bed 17 in the medical ward, he has a phone and I'm sure he would appreciate visitors or calls."
WA SAA member Mal Shorter has had an operation, 6 tumours removed and by all reports he is on the road to recovery. Great news, we are all thinking of you.
Centenary of Australian Submarines
The Minister of Defence, the Honourable Senator David Johnston, will officially launch the “Centenary of Australian Submarines” at a press conference alongside “ONSLOW” at the Australian National Museum Darling Harbour Sydney at 10:00 on Friday 7 February 2014. This may the first launch of the book “Century of Silent Service” by Graham Seal and the “March of the Submarine Service” by the RAN band. Details of these will be advised when confirmed.
ANZAC Day 2014 Holbrook
Roger Cooper has had many calls inquiring about the Holbrook Centenary celebrations and the registration form and further information will go online following Australia Day on all the relevant web sites, including Up Periscope.
There are still vacancies at the middle pub (the Riverina) then there is a nine room Hotel/Motel 20 mins south of Holbrook at Woomargama and there is eleven rooms at the Culcairn Motel 30mins from Holbrook out west.
Roger said "We have been working on the arrangements and have hired a catering company who can handle the numbers we are expecting. The Greater Hume Shire Council have been very helpful with everything I may add. It’s all starting to fall into place, we have an added event."
"When our highway by-pass was completed RMS included two groves of ghost gums called ANZAC Grove north and south in front of the Bridges (which were named Cmdr. N Holbrook VC Bridge and Lt.Cmd D. Stokers bridge) . Following the tradition of Remembrance Parks along the Hume they will be unveiling eleven brass plaques in honour of the eleven Australian VC’S awarded in WW1. A very prominent person will officiate with the Navy Band supporting on the Sunday afternoon, anyone can attend."
"It has also been announced that we are buying the full size AE2 model from the AE2 Commemorative Foundation. It was built to rest on the Bottom of Corio Bay off Geelong, to train a diving team to maneuver small propeller driven remote controlled camera’s to film inside the AE2. Ken Grieg invited me to attend the briefing in Osborne house after it was raised. Peter Briggs gave an outline of the Project to all including the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, who was very interested in the details and was pleased the model will be alongside in Holbrook."
My old Skipper Terry Roach, Greg Sammut (representing CN) and some AE2 Crew descendants were also in attendance. One of the guests I talked to was the Chief Tiffies grandson, he bought some fine drawings his Grandfather had drawn during that period in 1915.
"We have completed an application for an electorate ANZAC Centenary grant. However, this grant has to be distributed through the Farrer electorate which is bloody huge (Broken Hill and further) so I am not confident in getting the full amount ($52,000) needed to load it on a truck, bring it to Holbrook and have it prepared for permanent display. This will be opened the week before ANZAC Day 2015 for our contribution to the ANZAC Centenary projects."
"We have the local RSL backing us with some money but we intend having a HELP Re-Build the AE2 fundraising effort after all the dust settles from this ANZAC weekend celebrations. We will be asking for all submariners to get behind us and do a little fundraising to bring to fruition a very important historical maritime story/display."
If you have any good ideas feel free to call or email me 0411 207 244 a major sponsor would work. See you all in April.
PS: If your coming to help paint Otway on Tuesday 18 th of Feb drop me a line so I can have enough gear ready to go.
Roger 'jjf' Cooper
Holbrook Submarine Museum
The book, Century of Silent Service
The West Australian newspaper article started with "Submariners are nothing more than tradesmen and submarines are underhand, unfair and damned un-English. All submariners captured should be treated as pirates and hanged." Little did he know, but in dismissing so readily in 1910 the capabilities of early submarines, Britain's First Sea Lord, Sir Arthur Wilson, expressed a view that submariners have delighted in proving wrong ever since.
And to celebrate the centenary of Australian submarines, a new book helps explain how the transformation in how submarines are viewed has come about.
The book, Century of Silent Service, by Professor Graham Seal, of Curtin University, was commissioned by the Submarine Institute of Australia under the guidance of Lloyd Blake, a former crew member of submarine HMAS Otway. The book presents a history of Australia's submarine fleets and the submariners.
The book traces the path of the submarines that came after, through to the present day, and explores their future prospects. It has a detailed section on the AE1 and the search for it.
Professor Seal said submariners were a group with a strong sense of identity and tradition they had maintained through the years. "Once a submariner, always a submariner," he said. He said there had always been a public interest in submarines in Australia. "In the early days, they were an unknown, and there is still a mystique about submarines, their role and the nature of the people who sail them," he said.
Mr Blake said the launch of the book next month was one of a number of events planned for the centenary year.
Sunday, 12th January 2014
The cooler weather and a bit of rain this week made for a welcome change and things are starting to green up already. A long way to go though, normally my garden looks good at this time of the year, but at least the mangoes are in abundance. Best crop since I have been here and they are delicious. I tried my hand at Mango Chutney but it tasted like crap. Maybe when a recipe using spices says a 'pinch' they mean a 'pinch'. Had better luck with the Mango Jam though and I am making extra this week.
The cooler weather brought out the chef in me and I made quiches and sausage rolls for my ailing neighbour and were a great success. Having to help look after him has made me realise how important neighbours are for the elderly in a country town. They have all chipped in and are making his life a little easier. Bauple, my town!
Have taken Niggs to the coast a couple of times this week, I wanted to try and catch a fish or two, but with little success. We enjoyed our days out though, laying under a tree reading was most enjoyable. The added bonus was the bags of sand that I vacuumed out of the car, Niggs is a sand magnet.
My old ute is a cause for concern, loosing water but cannot see any sign of leakage, I think my head gasket may have blown. Deciding on whether to get it fixed, try fix it myself (After all, I WAS a Stoker) or dump it (which will probably be the final option if I do it myself). I only use it for the weekly trip to the tip, but it makes me look 'country'.
Mobility has been an issue for me this week. My left ankle, broken in s Singapore storm drain, has seized up. It started on Wednesday and by this morning I could just stand on it, walking very painful. Another tip to the doctor in the morning. Just what I need at the moment, I have a lot on the next few weeks.
Bill and Jean are not speaking again! They were calling for contestants for a new TV show and Bill told Jean she would be an ideal candidate. Turns out Bill got it all wrong and the programme's called Fact Hunt.
So, thats your lot for this week, let us hope there is better news next week.
Around the Traps
Jock Wilson was one of those that contacted me and he said "Bloody Hell - your leader paragraph of the Chief Stoker's Log this week blew me away. People like Kevan are part of the heritage of our Oberon Class boats that we cannot do without. The actions of the early crews - not necessarily the Commissioning crews - made the boats great through their dedication, experience and knowledge to to a point where I believe that some of them were never surpassed."
Jock continued "Some of us have been lucky and have beaten cancer, usually at a cost to other parts of our bodies and others are not as lucky. Early diagnosis is the key. I look at the ever expanding Eternal Patrol and wonder just how many succumbed to the Big C. I think that it would be a fairly high percentage. Considering the size of our Squadron with regard to the number of men that it contained over the years, I feel that it is not just a coincidence that a high proportion of the lads of our vintage have been taken this way. As I am a fair few years older than most of the tiffies of my era, I get the distinct feeling of being lonely these days as so many of the people that I enjoyed sailing and working with are gone."
John Smithies is another survivor and he said "Whilst I love the Chief Stokers Log every week I worry who next will be mentioned to be diagnosed with cancer. You see that it is not selective with whom it will effect, the old adage that only the good die young certainly
includes Submariners as they were all good. As you mayl remember I had Throat cancer in 1978 two operations and 5 years of radiation therapy. I lived on until last year when I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer, get the three gold pellets put in the prostate about the 14th then 9 weeks 5 days a week radiation. Should all be finished in time to ride the motor bike to Holbrook for Anzac Day. I will live on to pray that all those diagnosed will live on also Chin up love you all." We love you too mate, our collective prayers are with you ALL!!
Please use any part of this Email for Up Periscope if you wish.
And then, more bad news. Information has been received that another shipmate is being treated for cancer in Brisbane, CPOMT Alan Rollinson. Allan is still serving after over 40 years in the RAN, currently on sick leave. It is understood that Alan is the brother of Harry who lives in SA, another ex submariner. I am waiting for contact details and will pass them on when available.
Greville Knight is going deep for a while, only coming to periscope depth for essential traffic. Hope your health improves soon Snake.
Yesterday Cliff Hobson, Ken Williams and Polly Farmer met with the Gosford RSL Sub-branch President and two other members to meet David Moore who has terminal cancer and is living at the RSL's Evergreen Life Care Village in West Gosford. David had lost his Dolphins so Cliff presented him with a new set and some other goodies donated from the Slops Van. If you served with David and want to contact him, just let me know and I will send his details.
An interesting side note to the visit was that David's story was raised with the SAA by William Foresby who writes "After I left the Air Force I worked the Fleet Air Arm in Sydney and then for the Director of Naval Communications Engineering in Canberra. Whilst in Canberra I met an ex-submariner by the name of Tom Johnston, a former Chief Stoker. Tom was instrumental in helping me with my first DVA claim. I was always of the opinion that because I did not serve in a War/conflict that I was not entitled to anything, similar to David. This is why I have a soft spot for submariners and hope to do the best for David." Thanks Bill, it seems that even evil forces can do some good!
Rod and Kate Hemphill sent me an update on their present whereabouts "Kate, and I are on an expedition cruise to the Antarctic on Le Ponant ship L'Austral. We are currently heading to South Georgia then on to the Antarctic Peninsula. Battling 8 Metre waves and strong winds. Tried to convince the Capitan to dive but for some reason he wouldn't be in it! Will update you after the Peninsula. Must go - the bar is open."
John Culnane sent an email to his local member after reading an article by Bernard Gaynor (follow link) about 'gaying the army' and it’s producing rainbow-encrusted cuff-links for homosexual soldiers. The response said "Of all the emails I have received this is the only one I can recall dealing with this issue – when Parliament resumes I will raise it directly in person with the Defence Minister and receive his views." John said "Perhaps we ex navy personnel should take up the cudgel and stir the pot a bit through our “local members” to stop this rot in the defence force, because you can be sure, if it gains acceleration in the army, it will become an issue in the RAN & the RAAF. Gay, if you must be, OK, special insignia to denote you are, NO F*****G WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They’ll be asking for a special allowance next.
Geoff Taffe had a query from his wife, Rebecca, about a friends grandfather that served in HMS Tantalus. She asked "The boat was running out of Freo during WW and we are after any contacts that may be to locate photos of crew and the boat etc etc in order to get a present or surprise ready for grandfather at his 90th birthday this year." I have had some success but unfortunatelY have run into a spot of bother, no surname was given and Goff's contact details are all out of date.
A little kid was touring a submarine alongside HMAS Stirling and starts yelling, "If my dad was a bull and my mum a cow I'd be a little bull." The tour guide, a LSNPC starts getting mad at the noisy kid, who continues with, "If my dad was an elephant and my mum a girl elephant I would be a little elephant." The kid goes on with several animals until the guide gets angry and yells at the kid, "What if your dad was gay and your mum was a prostitute?!" The kid smiles and replies, "I would be LSNPC!!:
All continued "When I went to HMAS Cook and had to fuel by road tanker in Adelaide I made a fuelling connection adaptor like you and Kevin made when we came out of refit on Ovens. It was a great idea and very useful." Of course it was a great idea, I thought of it!!! We added a LP blow on it so that all fuel could be removed from the hoses, saving spills.
David Bryant recalled "The RAN was suffering from a shortage of surface vessels for the training of Junior Officers in the Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate (BWC). The RAN asked the Australian Merchant Marine if they would take new RAN Junior Officer’s to sea for training, and asked for volunteers from the fleet. One of the Junior Offices in Ovens put in a request to go to sea with the Merchant Navy, and quick as a flash a “Signal” came back offering him a berth on the Antarctic Supply Vessel NELLA DAN for their six week Autumn cruise to the Southern Ocean to resupply the Mawson Base."
"The only hitch was a requirement that the applicant had to undergo “extreme cold familiarization training” by spending two hours a day in the Freezer Compartment! So every day, the Sub would rug himself up and set off for his extra watchkeeping in the Freezer Compartment. He was not to know that the signal had been “dummied up” by the erstwhile Scratcher, “Barney” Sullivan. The entire crew was in on the prank, including the Captain (Bob Carter) and everyone had a very hard time trying to keep a straight face every morning when the Subbie came marching through the Control Room, looking like Scott of the Antarctic, on his way to the Cool/Cold Rooms!"
Stuey Milburn responded "Dave Bryant's story is a little out. It was on Ovens returning from RIMPAC 84 and heading to New Zealand. The rumour started that anyone wishing to do a swap draft to the Kiwi research ship could apply. SBLT Jeff Thompson was persuaded by a certain CO Bob Carter and XO Dave Gladman to acclimatize for his trip. He was seen as the only "volunteer". Plenty of time down the fridges and on the bridge in the middle of winter. The coxswains Eddie Brent, Barney Sullivan were all eager to help him. John Lillecrapp also gave him advice. This is the same steward which introduced him to the sound powered tap located in the stewards pantry. As the Nav Yeo I had a copy of the Antarctic Chart Folio which added some weight to it."
Those were the days....................................
Bazzoo added "For the Dinks who trained in Slackers, -21 here today and tons of ice and snow. Just like winter on Bondi Beach, I thought I'd died and went to heaven in February 1980 jogging the beach in shorts and T. I'll see if I can relive the experience during your Centenary." Click to enlarge photos
Last week I put out a call for Sam Sneyd (Snead). Robert Madden replied "Sam Snead was the Engine Room Horse on Onslow when we commissioned and returned to Australia. Sam was a Chief Mechanician and helped me as a baby SAP 3 along with Merve Kidd and of course Dave Luck. Colin Corney didn't make it past Bermuda on the way home and the Engine a Room Tiffs did it tough behind a watch keeper down but Sam never complained."
I also received an email from Zeke Halley who wrote "Thanks for getting back. I Googled Sam Snead Ch Mech, Australian Navy and got The Log, June 2013, Up Periscope. There's an article about Onyx being scrapped and a your note about Sam Snead. I think I may remember you. Did you or do you have red hair. I was an LME working with Pony Moore who was the outside wrecker. Sam was donk shop. He was a big man. I remember he was one of the few of us who didn't drink and he played the ukulele, he was a chief and was a mech I believe."
Zeke continued "Jock Bremner was LME of the mess on Onyx and then I took over. If I remember you correctly I can recall you sorting out a stoker called Pete Drable who was a bit of a toothache. You gave him a verbal bolicking in front of the mess; very good."
"I left as a POME from Otter in 74 and went to Canada. I got a job as a boiler inspector then got a nuclear ticket to look after installations in nuc plants. I joined the RCN reserves and ended up as a chief warrant. I'm 69 now and am still working doing contracts. I built a steel trawler boat which I keep in the 1000 Islands area of Lake Ontario."
"Pony Moore ended up as a good mate living in Arrochar near Faslane. He kept in touch with Sam for years. Pony now has inoperable liver cancer and I thought I may be able to get in touch with Sam."
This email from Zeke was fantastic, it brought back many memories (most of which I had forgotten) and I am now trying to capture as many as I can. Your first boat should be full of happy memories, but Onyx wasn't. If it hadn't been for the Chief Stoker, Joe Oliver and the Coxswain (??) I would have pulled the pin. Onyx was not the place for a 20 year old Australian no badge part three kellick stoker that couldn't sing in the '60s.
"Stokers never kept their “Cave” back aft as clean – Especially after they no longer had a requirement to fire torpedoes, so the obligatory ABUWSM was not in attendance to ensure proper decorum and hygiene was observed. Therefore the LSMEDSM looks suspiciously clean – Obviously posed! The Seamen in their bunks look suitably bored – Obviously they had worked long hours (They were probably UCSM’s) at their seamanship and ship control duties, and were “Pressganged” as part of an After Ends Promotion!).
Submarines Association Australia
Despite several email (or letters) requesting payment for 2014 subscriptions being sent out over 70 Members are still outstanding. The Treasurer reminds Members that they were due by the 31st December 2013. There could be several reasons for these not being paid and reminders will be going out again soon.
If you do not wish to renew your membership please advise the Executive so that your names can be removed from the list - saves everyone angst and effort.
New South Wales Branch
Happy New Year to all and we start 2014 with a kindly reminder of the pending K13 service planned for Sunday 19th January. Members intending to remain behind for lunch at the local Chinese Restaurant must confirm bookings.
Members are also reminded that the Spectacle Island BBQ is scheduled for the 16th February. I will be asking for numbers on the 3rd February.
Ken Norris, Branch Secretary
Our next quarterly General Meeting will be held at 1030 on Sunday 12 January 2014 at the Coorparoo RSL Club. This is YOUR FORUM to receive reports from your committee and to raise matters of interest or concern to you, so please join us. Many of our partners also come along and manage to get a head start on pre-lunch drinks while we are hard at work, so please insure that your significant other knows that they are most welcome too.
Graeme Caesar, Branch President
The January edition of the Victorian Branch newsletter, Flood Q, is now available at this link. As usual, Jim Moon has created a masterpiece.
SAA Events January & February
Venue Coorparoo RSL Club. Follow link for details
NSW RN SA
RN Submariners Service at Carlingford
BBQ at Boots Place
Contact Branch Secretary Ian Tanner 0450 642 835 for details.
|5th February||Wednesday||General Meeting||SAA ACT||Venue: Weston Club commencing at 1730. Contact Branch Secretary Geoff Burns for details.|
Spectacle Island Picnic.
Possible Lunch at Traralgon RSL. Contact Branch Secretary Ian Tanner 0450 642 835 for details.
10 January 2014: Following the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal’s recent identification of a long history of improper withholding and forfeiture of Defence awards in the Australian Army, the tribunal will now conduct a full inquiry into the matter of refused, withheld and forfeited Defence honours and awards.
The tribunal will fully investigate the extent to which entitlements for Imperial and Australian Defence honours and awards have been improperly refused, withheld or forfeited, from the beginning of the Second World War until the present day in the Navy, Army and the Air Force, and to formulate recommendations to correct any injustices arising from the improper refusal, withholding or forfeiture of these awards.
The tribunal’s inquiry will focus on the practices of the three services and the Department of Defence, and will not specifically report on individual cases. However, veterans and families who may have been affected by the policies of the services and Defence are encouraged to bring their issues to the attention of the tribunal by lodging a submission. Submissions to the inquiry will close on Friday, 28 February 2014. For more information contact the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal on (02) 6266 3486 or via email.
Note: If you want to support the fight for the award of the VC to Teddy Sheean please visit Facebook and 'like' the page dedicated to this campaign.
I urge all to view this video clip and be informed of the symptoms of a heart attack. Everyone should watch this video .. please share this with friends and family…. Every minute counts in a heart attack .. get to the hospital immediately .. and DO NOT drive yourself .. and do not drive home to pick up your spouse before heading to the Hospital .. every minute counts !! View this youtube video to understand how a heart attack happens ....
Mystery of the Unknown Sailor of HMAS Sydney
It is a mystery that has taken decades to unfold. And the final chapters are agonisingly close to being told. Scientists just need one more piece of the jigsaw in the quest to identify the remains of their mystery man. They need a descendant of the sailor whose body was retrieved from waters off Christmas Island, three months after HMAS Sydney was sunk by the German raider HSK Kormoran in November 1941. Read the full article..... If you can help identify the sailor, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taiwan unveils 15-year navy upgrade plan WantChinaTimes
The headquarters said it has begun evaluating the feasibility of building submarines on its own, as the United States has yet to respond to Taiwan's ...
Vietnam tests 1st Russian-made submarine in Cam Ranh Thanh Nien Daily
HQ182 Hanoi, Vietnam's first Varshavyanka-class submarine, docks at Cam Ranh military port in Khanh Hoa Province last Friday afternoon. Photo by ...
India keeps military ware shopping spree on despite fund crunch Firstpost
The ministry procured and upgraded a large number of military equipment for the armed forces including nuclear submarines, special operations ...
France Ready To Share Submarine Know-How With GCC DefenseNews.com
ABU DHABI — The French Navy is ready to share with gulf countries their submarine “know-how” if called upon, a senior naval commander said.
The life of a Russian submariner Russia & India Report
Every submarine crew member must undergo an initiation rite. Mine was the basic procedure of having to drink seawater from a lamp dome. Seawater ...
The Submarine Race in Asia New York Times
On Jan. 1, Vietnam received its first of six Russian Kilo-class submarines. The last one is expected to be delivered in 2016. Myanmar intends to create ...
Fire damaged submarine returns to Canadian navy after nearly a ... Montreal Gazette
OTTAWA - A newly rebuilt HMCS Chicoutimi is set to rejoin the Canadian navy's submarine fleet, nearly 10 years after a deadly fire aboard the ...
Received several email from some poms over the last couple of weeks but unfortunately they were not suitable for printing on The Log, I do have some standards. The one exception came from Billy Dobson who wrote "What a laugh! I believe that these originated 'down under'....
Q. What do you get if you cross the English cricket team with an OXO cube?
A. A laughing stock.
Q. What do English batsmen and drug addicts have in common?
A. Both spend most of their time wondering where their next score will come from.
Q. What does an English batsman who is playing in the Ashes have in common with Michael Jackson?
A. They both wore gloves for no apparent reason.
Mrs Brown's sticky situation - In this clip from The New Year Special 'Mrs Brown's Boys' Agnes mistakes a spray can of glue for her air freshener... mind the language.
Latest condom advertisement for Australian television, follow link. Bound to upset a few wowsers!
Sunday, 5th January 2014
Happy New Year to everyone, I hope that you all survived the celebrations. I am happy to say I managed to see the Sydney fireworks, although I cheated as it was on at 2300 here. Didn't make the Brisbane fireworks at 2359.
This year the heat and humidity have followed me and despite the air conditioning I have not had a good night's sleep for over a week. Fortunately the cricket has given me an excuse to 'veg out' but work outside came to a standstill. The pools getting a good work out but the gardens are looking very sad. Niggs has hardly left his fan in front of the AC unit, he hates the heat and humidity..
The year has got off to a bad start, Kev Marengo and Ken Horn have been diagnosed with cancer and given a bad prognosis. I have talked to both and admire their courage. Being a cancer survivor I understand what they, and their families, are going through. It is never easy talking about the future, but it is a subject that is better discussed. Kev and Ken, there are many out there that feel for you both and on there behalf I offer you their thoughts and prayers.
A lot of you are on holidays and it has given me a chance to catch up with some paperwork, I have that many email that were 'pending' and have managed to anser many of them, but ditched a few too. If it was important you would have chased me up.
I will be working on improving and updating 'Up Periscope' which will be my main priority. The 100th Anniversary website has bee handed over to the SIA/SAA organisers to maintain and their PR company have already made major changes. The SAA website has become a pain to manage and I will probably do some 'pruning' shortly. An out of date site is worse than not having one and getting information from some branches is not easy. I understand that people have more important things on their plate, but if they cannot find time to communicate with their members I can't see why I should try to. My thanks to those that do provide answers to my requests.
Old Bill came home from town in a foul mood. I asked him if there was a problem and he replied "During the visit to my doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in a Long-Term Care Home?"
The doctor replied "Well, we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub."
Bill said, I replied "Oh, I understand, a normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup." "No" said the doctor. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"
Bill is looking for a new doctor.
And that's your lot for this week.
Updated this week
Around the Traps
The thoughts of the Australian submarine community go out to Capt(N) Phil Webster RCN and family on the death of his son, Lt. Andrew F. Webster RCN. who died while on shore leave in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean. Capt Webster, a submariner, wrote an interesting article 'Arctic Sovereignty, Submarine Operations and Water Space Management' for the Naval Review, worth a read.
Peter Smith writes "Recently it was brought to the attention of NSW members that the Royal Caribbean ship “Radiance of the Seas” will be doing a cruise from Sydney departing on the 20 October 2014 cruising via Brisbane on the 22nd, then Darwin and a duty free trip to Bali, then several stops down the WA coast arriving in Fremantle on 5 November. Several members and their partners have decided this would be a different way to get to the AGM and the rest of the functions in WA for the centenary of submarines in Australia."
The decision to develop a SAA specific site was made when some Branch Committees complained about some comments and stands I took on SAA matters. Up Periscope gave me the independence that I believe to be important. Some (?) Branches are still unhappy, they would be even more upset if I started reporting on my dissapointment with the National Executive and some Branches' inability to communicate with Members. Getting information is like pulling teeth. Those Branches that do communicate are rewarded by getting the support of their Members.
A drunken submariner greenie was walking by the hospital (after visiting his Cox'n in the VD ward) when the sheets landed on him. He started yelling, cursing and swinging his arms violently trying to get the unknown things off him. He ended up with the soiled sheets in a tangle around his feet. As the greenie stood there unsteadily on his feet, staring down at the sheets, a hospital security guard (barely containing his laughter) and who had seen the whole incident unfold, walked up and asked, "What the heck is going on here?"
The after-endy, still staring down replied, "Stuffed if I know, but I think I just beat the shit out of a ghost!" Blame Sandy the SAP for this one!
Michael White has announced the good news that HMAS Yarra will be on site in PNG for the 14.9.2014 and also available for 5 days to help in the search for AE1 after receiving a letter from Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, the Fleet Commander. Michael also mentioned that Peter Briggs was doing good work to establish the new company 'Find AE1 Ltd' and drive it along. There are going to be demands on your pocket during this important year, there are several worthwhile projects under way, but this one is very important and a small donation will buoy the spirits of the volunteers that are spending their own time (and money) to bring this worthwhile cause to a successful end. Follow this link to the AE1 (Inc) website, better still, why not become a Member?
Income from Solar Power
With the installation of rooftop solar panels becoming more popular, have you ever wondered if this could reduce your service pension, income support supplement or age pension? Well wonder no more, there is no discretion within the income test which allows DVA to ignore payments received from electricity companies. Follow this link to the DVA newsletter for more details.
What a year for our submarines. 2013 has been an eventful and exciting year for the submarines of the Royal Australian Navy. Manned by enthusiastic crews and with an effective support network, the submarines were out and about doing ‘their thing’.
With the assistance of the Submarine Force Headquarters, Submarine Support Group, Fleet Logistic Support Element (Submarines), Submarine System and Training Centre and other numerous uniformed and un-uniformed agencies of the submarine enterprise, they spent 426 days at sea, and 105 days visiting 11 Australian and overseas ports throughout the year.
The start of the year saw a fresh HMAS Sheean emerge from her Full Cycle Docking in Adelaide, complete licensing trials and then get straight into activities. Under the command of Commander Richard Smallwood, Sheean visited Sydney, Darwin, Devonport and Singapore, participated in Exercise TRITON STORM, conducted exercises with RAAF P3 Orion aircraft and also deploy to South East Asia.
HMAS Dechaineux, commanded by Commander James Lybrand visit Singapore and Sepanggar (this was the first visit to this port by a Collins Class Submarine), participate in Exercises BERSAMA SHIELD and PLATYPUS MOON and conduct exercises with RAAF P3 Orions before entering Mid Cycle Docking at Henderson, Western Australia in early July.
HMAS Farncomb wasn’t taking it easy either, visiting Sydney and Hobart before coming home to Fleet Base West. Farncomb, under the command of Commander Byron Williamson kept the crew busy by participating in a variety of activities such as the United States Navy Submarine Command Course, Exercises LUNGFISH and TRITON CENTENARY, as well as the Submarine Escape Exercise BLACK CARILLION. She also provided support to the Principle Warfare Officers Assessment Week, Submariners Warfare Officers Course and HMAS Darwins’ Mission Readiness Evaluation.
The highlight of Farncombs’ year was her involvement at the International Fleet Review (IFR), where the crew were privileged to be part of the once in a lifetime spectacular.
HMAS Waller has also been extremely busy under the command of Commander Michael Jacobson. She visited Sydney, Cairns, Guam, Yokosuka and Kure in Japan. Exercises participated in during her north East Asian Deployment included TALISMAN SABER, PACIFIC REACH and NICHI TRIDENT.
While the submarines were out and about, the Submarine Escape Capability was exercised during Exercise BLACK CARILLION. This year the rescue exercise was conducted from an Australian port outside the West Australian Exercise Area (WAXA), which required an airlift of the James Fisher Submarine Rescue System (JFSRS). This initiative comprised of numerous ‘firsts’ in the deployment of this capability, including mobilisation of JFSRS to ADV Ocean Shield, identifying the capabilities of the vessel and conducting an over the side method of launch and recovery of the submersible LR5 rescue submersible. Other firsts included mobilisation of the rescue and hyperbaric system outside of Western Australia and the airlift by two sorties of RAAF C-17 Globe Master aircraft of LR5 and the Remotely Operated Vehicle - Scorpio. Twelve semi trailers were also used to move a variety of other BLACK CARILLION equipment across the continent by road.
At the recent annual Submarine Forum, Commander Submarine Force, Captain Mark Potter reiterated the achievements of the Submarine Force in 2013. “Members of the submarine enterprise should be immensely proud of their achievements in 2013,” he said. “A lot of exceptional work has been done to achieve these results and it provides a good precursor to 2014.”
Reprinted from Navy Victoria Network Newsletter.
A while back Rick Ling was looking for models of O Boats and he has found a seller who sells them. He said "They're really good and if anyone wants one or more of these I can steer them in the right direction. There is no profit in it for me and they are actually half the price the museum was asking for them." If interested contact Rick.
Ex RN Chief Stoker Tony Morris asked "Could you please help me contact Ex RN S/M CMEM Hanlon, he was my opposite number on HMS/M Revenge . I was visiting my family and 3 grandchildren in Australia last year and saw his name in SAA website. I am returning to Australia in January 2014 to see family again so a catch up and a beer might be possible." Let me know if you can help.
Now this is a submarine....... The Virginia Class new attack submarine is an advanced stealth multimission nuclear-powered submarine for deep ocean anti-submarine warfare and littoral (shallow water) operations. The US Navy's total requirement is for 30 of the class. Can we have 6 please!
Eating in the Fifties
For those who are old enough to remember - enjoy.
For the rest - it's a history lesson...!! Very surprising how time and memory has taken its toll. Have things really changed this much in our time?
Pasta had not been invented.
Curry was a surname.
A takeaway was a mathematical problem.
A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
All crisps were plain.
A Chinese chippy was a foreign carpenter.
Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever part of our dinner.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Coffee was Camp, and came in a bottle.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Only Heinz made beans.
Fish didn't have fingers in those days.
Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.
None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
People who didn't peel potatoes were regarded as lazy.
Indian restaurants were only found in India .
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognised food.
"Kebab" was not even a word never mind a food.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly, muesli was readily available, called cattle feed.
The one thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties .. was elbows!
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Vessel carrying Vietnam's 1st Russian-made submarine 'Hanoi ... Nzweek
Vietnamese and Russian soldiers work on Vietnam's first Russian-made submarine “Hanoi” in Cam Ranh bay of south Vietnam on Jan. 3, 2014.
Russian Navy to get 40 new ships in 2014 The Voice of Russia
In addition to surface ships of various classes, the navy will also commission the third Borey-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, the ...
The secret base of Hanoi Submarine VietNamNet Bridge
VietNamNet Bridge – The Hanoi Submarine – the first attack submarine of Vietnam will anchor at the Port of Cam Ranh, which is considered as one of ...
In troubled waters The Asian Age
The debate over the Indian failure to evolve a strong submarine force became more intense after the loss of the Kilo-class INS Sindhurakshak when ...
Scorpion Submarine Anniversary Is Jan. 5 Yankton Daily Press
Scorpion was one of 50 submarines lost before or during World War II. During that war, the submarine service lost more than 3300 officers and ...