Chiefs visit Fleet Base West

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West, WA

Topic(s): Fleet Base West, HMAS Collins (S73), Submarine Training and Systems Centre

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN gives Royal New Zealand Navy officer Commander Simon Griffiths; Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short; and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC a tour of the control room of HMAS Collins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)
L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN gives Royal New Zealand Navy officer Commander Simon Griffiths; Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short; and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC a tour of the control room of HMAS Collins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

L-R: Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short; Commanding Officer HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN; and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC stand on the casing of HMAS Collins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

L-R: Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short; Commanding Officer HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN; and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC stand on the casing of HMAS Collins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, and his New Zealand counterpart, Air Marshal Kevin Short, paid a visit to Fleet Base West recently as part of a tour of Western Australian Defence facilities.

During the tour, General Campbell and Air Marshal Short were shown around the Submarine Training Systems Centre (STSC) by Director - Training Authority Submarines, Commander Daniel Le Raye.

General Campbell said despite having visited the STSC previously, he was always impressed by the excellent training facility available to Navy’s submariners.

“This is a world-class training facility and a credit to the instructors who work here. 

“From the control room simulator to the availability of virtual reality in the classroom, the STSC is the complete package when it comes to producing professional and effective submariners,” he said.

Following the STSC, the VIP party headed to Diamantina Pier, where they undertook a tour of the submarine HMAS Collins.

The party then headed to the Henderson Shipyard, where they were given a tour of the Austal facility which is where the Guardian Class Patrol Boat program is being rolled out.

The program is part of the Government’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project that aims to enhance practical maritime security cooperation across the South Pacific.

The project will see 21 vessels designed and constructed by Austal for delivery to 12 Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste.