Topic: HMAS Dechaineux (S76)
The start of the year heralded a change at the top for the crew of HMAS Dechaineux, with Commander Daniel Sutherland taking charge of the submarine from Commander Robin Dainty.
Descending the ladder into a submarine was no trouble for Royal Navy veteran, 92-year old Robert Pitman, when the spritely nonagenarian visited HMAS Dechaineux alongside her home port in Western Australia recently.
They say Navy is like one big family but when it comes to three people in the west it’s more a case of a family within a family.
A sports day involving competitors from 22 nations proved a highlight of last year’s Royal New Zealand Navy 75th birthday celebrations, according to crew members of Australian submarine HMAS Dechaineux.
Smiling, familiar faces greeted the crew of HMAS Dechaineux upon her return to Fleet Base West after a two month deployment to Tasmania and New Zealand. Arriving a week ahead of Christmas the submarine crew were welcomed by friends, family and representatives of the Submarine Force.
The daughter of Captain Emile Dechaineux visited the Collins class submarine named after her father in Hobart on the 72nd anniversary of his death.
Following a lumpy transit across the Southern Ocean, HMAS Dechaineux took a well-earned break in Hobart for a few days recently.
HMAS Dechaineux returned to her home port at Fleet Base West just before Christmas, following a six month deployment to Asia and the east coast of Australia.