Waller hits the mark

Published on Department of Defence (author)

Topic(s): Training, Weapons and Decoys, HMAS Waller (S75), HMAS Rankin (S78), Training Authority - Submarines, Exercise TALISMAN SABRE

HMAS Waller crew on the boat after a perfect score of four from four shots during recent anti-surface and antisubmarine ‘advanced capability’ Mark 48 torpedo firing serials off Western Australia. (photo: Unknown)
HMAS Waller crew on the boat after a perfect score of four from four shots during recent anti-surface and antisubmarine ‘advanced capability’ Mark 48 torpedo firing serials off Western Australia.

As the sun set on May 13, spirits were high in the control room of HMAS Waller after the crew’s perfect score of four from four shots during recent anti-surface and antisubmarine ‘advanced capability’ Mark 48 torpedo firing serials off Western Australia.
 
The firing was the culmination of a challenging safety and operational ‘shakedown’ supported by Navy’s Sea Training Unit-Submarines during which the crew exercised a range of submarine operational skills against both surface units and sister submarine, HMAS Rankin.
 
The successful practice weapon firing against surface- and sub-surface targets was a high point for the crew, demonstrating the lethality of the platform and the effectiveness of their training.
 
Waller’s 
sonar officer Lieutenant Calvin Timms said the capability was crucial to what they do.
 
“The maintenance of a potent submarine force, capable of presenting a credible threat to a potential surface or subsurface adversary, is integral to the Australian Defence Force’s ability to engage in high-end warfighting,” Lieutenant Timms said.
 
“The Collins class submarine is considered to be one of the most capable diesel electric platforms operated by any navy, and it is vital that we continue to exercise that capability in order to prove its effectiveness.”
 
The serials were conducted to prepare Waller for its upcoming east coast deployment and participation in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, where it will exercise with a wide range of Australian and US Navy units.
 
Executive Officer Waller Lieutenant Commander Chris Forward said the crew appreciated the support provided by the training and assessment team throughout the period.
 
“The close working relationship between the seagoing submarines and Sea Training Unit-Submarines is vital to maintaining high standards of performance across the squadron,” Lieutenant Commander Forward said.
 
Commanding Officer Waller Commander Richard Lindsey said he was pleased with the performance and tenacity of his crew.
 
“Over the course of my career I’ve commanded a wide range of platforms and I can say without doubt that the combination of the unique set of capabilities provided by the Collins class and the professionalism of Royal Australian Navy crews provides a significant deterrent to threats against Australia’s sea lines of communication,” Commander Lindsey said.