Submarine Farncomb home after busy deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Farncomb (S74), Return to Australia

A casing party member casts a heaving line to members of HMAS Stirling Port Services as HMAS Farncomb prepares to berth alongside its home port of Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)
A casing party member casts a heaving line to members of HMAS Stirling Port Services as HMAS Farncomb prepares to berth alongside its home port of Fleet Base West, WA.

After busy and demanding Asian and Australian deployments, HMAS Farncomb returned to Fleet Base West at Rockingham, Western Australia last week.

During her five-month deployment, Farncomb took part in Exercises BERSAMA SHIELD, PACIFIC VANGUARD and TALISMAN SABRE.

Commanding Officer HMAS Farncomb, Commander Gary Lawton said it had been a demanding time for his crew.

“The team has been exposed to a diverse range of activities during this deployment.

“This type of training and the ability to tackle any situation that may present itself is paramount to an effective submarine crew, and I am proud of the way the ship’s company, and the submarine itself, performed during this intense deployment.

“The crew has truly earned a break before we move on to our next schedule of engagements,” he said.

During the deployment Farncomb also visited a number of foreign ports, including Guam and Noumea.

Out of Guam, Farncomb participated in the US-led Exercise PACIFIC VANGUARD together with the navies of Japan and South Korea, and worked through a range of complex maritime task group scenarios with those navies.

Farncomb’s visit to Noumea represented a milestone first visit for a Collins class submarine as well as the first time in 30 years that an Australian submarine has visited the French Territory.

Before returning home, Farncomb spent some time on the east coast of Australia to conduct valuable familiarisation experiences for potential future submariners.

The submarine’s crew also hosted several VIP visits while alongside at Fleet Base East in Sydney, including a visit by Channel 7’s Mark Beretta and his film crew, who spent some time at sea in Farncomb in order to share the unique lives of submariners with the audiences of Sunrise and The Morning Show.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20192068.