Farncomb forges links with Esperance

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Peter Croce (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Esperance, Western Australia

Topic(s): HMAS Farncomb (S74), Remembrance Day

The Australian and New Zealand national flags are lowered as the Last Post is played during the Remembrance Day ceremony held at Esperance. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
The Australian and New Zealand national flags are lowered as the Last Post is played during the Remembrance Day ceremony held at Esperance.

The Western Australian town of Esperance can now boast a formal link to one of the Navy's most sophisticated warfighting platforms - submarine HMAS Farncomb.

The Collins class boat and her crew visited the town in the lead up to Remembrance Day, returning from high-tempo training off the east coast and in southern Australian waters.

Commanding Officer, Commander Ian Bray said the visit was the culmination of an adoption process with the Esperance Shire Council that will solidify future links and culminated with exercising Freedom of Entry, school visits and commemorations at the cenotaph.

“This visit and having a 'home town' is a good way for us to cement a relationship with the community and provide an insight into navy and submarine life,” Commander Bray said.

“Our relationship with Esperance stems from my predecessor, Commander Doug Theobold, who was very proud to grow up in the region and solidifies the Western Australian connection with the submarine, which is based at HMAS Stirling.”

Personnel from the ship's company marched through the streets, spent time with the local Navy Cadet unit, completed several school visits and wrapped up the stay with a volleyball match against a community team.

“The crew were very excited to spend a few days getting to know the locals, share our experiences with school kids and providing the ceremonial support to services at the Cenotaph at the Remembrance Day service.

“It's always fun to share what we do with young kids to help inspire the next generation of submariners and other Navy personnel,” Commander Bray said.

HMAS Farncomb and her ship's company of 48 have returned to the West after a period of scheduled deep maintenance and training, that has seen her travel from Adelaide, to Sydney and back to Perth in recent months.