Chaplain returns to Submarine Force

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): Submarine Force, Chaplaincy

Submarine Force Chaplain Franco Siani on the casing of a Collins Class Submarine at HMAS Stirling. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Submarine Force Chaplain Franco Siani on the casing of a Collins Class Submarine at HMAS Stirling.
The Navy’s Submarine Force Chaplain has returned to the role after several years away providing capability to a variety of units within the RAN.
 
After his initial appointment to the Submarine Force, Chaplain Franco Siani had posted to Fleet Support Unit -West, Clearance Diving Team Four, HMA Ships PerthSuccess and Parramatta and the Helicopter Support Facility-West. Working at RAAF Base Pearce, he has also provided Chaplaincy support to RAN pilots under training.
 
Chaplain Siani said the opportunity to return to the Submarine Force was one he could not pass up.
 
“I have been away on other postings for a few years and in that time I have gained a wealth of experience.
 
“Now, thanks to these experiences, I feel that I have a better understanding of the challenges facing Navy members and their families in general, but also those specifically associated to submarine service.
 
“I believe I have grown as a person and in my ability to provide others with the right kind of support,” Chaplain Siani said.
 

Submarine Force Chaplain Franco Siani at Fleet Base West, HMAS Stirling.

Submarine Force Chaplain Franco Siani at Fleet Base West, HMAS Stirling.

 
Since commencing Christian vocational ministry in 1997, Chaplain Siani has held various leadership positions in both churches and ministries. He has also held part–time positions as Prison Chaplain, Sports Chaplain and School Chaplain at various high schools and sporting teams throughout South Africa, Italy and Australia.
 
Chaplain Siani felt called to join the Australian Defence Force as a Navy Chaplain, and after graduating from the Royal Australian Naval College he went on to complete the Defence Force Initial Chaplains Course.
 
He is married and has two adult children. He enjoys keeping fit, watching sport, especially rugby union, as well as reading books on character, resilience and leadership development.