Chief of Navy spends a little time underneath the waves

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author and photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Dechaineux (S76)

Deputy Secretary, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr Tony Fraser, AO, CSC (left); and Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre); receive a tour of Collins Class submarine, HMAS Dechaineux courtesy of Chief Petty Officer Scott Schluter. (photo: Andrew Bujdegan)
Deputy Secretary, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr Tony Fraser, AO, CSC (left); and Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre); receive a tour of Collins Class submarine, HMAS Dechaineux courtesy of Chief Petty Officer Scott Schluter.

During his recent visit to Fleet Base West, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan took the opportunity to spend a few days on board the Royal Australian Navy Collins Class submarine, HMAS Dechaineux, as part of the boat’s current round of work-ups.

During his time on board, Dechaineux conducted a number of evolutions, both on top of and underneath the waves of the Western Australia Exercise Area.

Vice Admiral Noonan said he was impressed by the professionalism and skill of Dechaineux’s Ship’s Company, under the command of Commander Brad Francis.

“Seeing our submariners at work in our hugely capable Collins Class submarines really confirms the skills and commitment of the men and women of our submarine force,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

“Our current training regime delivers the skills required by our people to confidently and safely carry out their work in what is potentially a very hazardous environment.”

Vice Admiral Noonan enjoyed spending time with the Ship’s Company and having the opportunity to learn more about the ‘silent service’.