Submarine Force Remembrance Day at the WA Maritime Museum

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (author and photographer)

Location(s): WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Topic(s): Remembrance Day, Submarine Force

(L-R) RAN officer Chaplain Franco Siani, RAN; Canadian Submarine Association member, Richard Duff; Royal Canadian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Craig Piccolo, RCN; National President of the Submarine Association Australia, Commodore Robert Trotter, OAM, RAN (retd); RAN officer Commander Daniel LeRaye, RAN; and Submarine Association Australia WA Branch President, Terry Baker, on completion of the 2018 Remembrance Day service at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.  (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)
(L-R) RAN officer Chaplain Franco Siani, RAN; Canadian Submarine Association member, Richard Duff; Royal Canadian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Craig Piccolo, RCN; National President of the Submarine Association Australia, Commodore Robert Trotter, OAM, RAN (retd); RAN officer Commander Daniel LeRaye, RAN; and Submarine Association Australia WA Branch President, Terry Baker, on completion of the 2018 Remembrance Day service at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

Submarine Force officers and sailors turned out in force recently for a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

Submarine Force representative Commander Daniel LeRaye said as a former submarine base during WWII, Fremantle had a strong connection to submariners.

In his speech, CMDR LeRaye also referred to Navy’s WWI submarines AE1 and AE2.

“The valour and sacrifice of our forefathers is legendary and puts what we do, as modern day submariners, into perspective,” he said.

“Today is about remembering what those submariners were prepared to endure when their country called.”

For Submarine Force Regulator, Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Chef Submarines Jeff Calderbank, Remembrance Day is a time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of past submariners, and also on the future generation of submariners.

“I feel lucky to be participating in any official service ceremony, but this being the 100th commemoration of the Armistice is a special privilege,” he said.

“November 11 is also my daughter Chelsea’s birthday, so it’s a day that starts with acknowledging the sacrifices made by the service members who came before us, and finishes with a celebration of one of the next generation to follow us.”

Members of Submarine Force also participated in Remembrance Day events at the Fremantle War Memorial on Monument Hill, and the Armistice Centenary Reception with a Ceremonial Sunset service at the WA Maritime Museum.

The WA Maritime Museum is located at Fremantle Harbour and boasts a wide array of historical displayers, including Oberon class submarine, the former HMAS Ovens.