Working together for better submarine outcomes

This article has photo gallery Published on WO Bill Mansfield (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): Submarines (SSG), Fleet Support Unit - West

Seaman Marine Technician Ethan Ollington and Able Seaman Marine Technician Submariner Cooper Harman re-install the exhaust uptake components on the Hedamora Diesel Land Based Test Facility at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, HMAS Stirling. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)
Seaman Marine Technician Ethan Ollington and Able Seaman Marine Technician Submariner Cooper Harman re-install the exhaust uptake components on the Hedamora Diesel Land Based Test Facility at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, HMAS Stirling.
Fleet Support Unit-West is joining forces with the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Training and Systems Centre for a joint project overhauling the technically challenging Hedamora diesel engines in the Collins class submarines.
 
The Centre's Platform Systems Training Equipment Manager Brian Graves contacted the Unit in August this year and after discussions about the type of work, manpower requirements, competencies required and project timescale, it was decided the major overhaul could be completed as an alliance. A decision Mr Graves has not regretted.
 
“I am very happy with the project progress and very pleased with the standards set by Fleet Support Unit-West,” Mr Graves said.
 
Production Manager at the Unit, Lieutenant Brian Gall said the project was in full swing and was very much a joint effort.
 
“The alliance engineering component comprises engineers from the Australian Submarine Corporation-South and onsite staff at the Centre, and Navy marine technicians,” Lieutenant Gall said.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Submariner Cooper Harman and Seaman Marine Technician Seaman Marine Technician Ethan Ollington re-install the exhaust uptake components on the Hedamora Diesel Land Based Test Facility at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, HMAS Stirling.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Submariner Cooper Harman and Seaman Marine Technician Seaman Marine Technician Ethan Ollington re-install the exhaust uptake components on the Hedamora Diesel Land Based Test Facility at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, HMAS Stirling.

 
“The enabling side of this project comprises Fleet Support Unit-West safety at height rescue teams and slinging and dogging teams from Port Services.”
 
In its entirety the project will take six to eight weeks to complete with Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Scott Rodgers overseeing the engineering side of it..
 
“The project has several specific modules including replacing the muffler, manufacture, assembly and fitting of the mounts, removal of the dynamometer,  manufacture of some mass tuned dampers and fitting of a submarine specific generator,” Chief Petty Officer Rodgers said
 
Fellow team member Lieutenant Commander Mark Janiszewski said the skills involved in completing these tasks were many and varied and technically challenging.
 
“It is pleasing to see the enthusiasm shown by all involved in this project,” Lieutenant Commander Janiszewski said.
 
“Petty Officer Marine Technician Submariner Anastasis Koutsoulkis is acting as the Fleet Support Unit-West Supervisor on site at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre with Chief Petty Officer Rodgers controlling the production and assembly of the modules in the engineering workshops at the Unit.”
 
Chief Petty Officer Rodgers said how proud he was to see all the machines on the workshop floor in production.
 
“The quality of work has exceeded all of my expectations,” Chief Petty Officer Rodgers said.
 
The project is expected to be completed next month.