Successful centenary

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Commodore Peter Scott, RAN, Director General Submarine Capability, and Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matt Buckley, RAN, present the Submariner of the Year Award for 2014 to Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Submariner Ben Slywa. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)
Commodore Peter Scott, RAN, Director General Submarine Capability, and Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matt Buckley, RAN, present the Submariner of the Year Award for 2014 to Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Submariner Ben Slywa.

As 2014 drew to a close, so did the Centenary Year of Australian Submarines.
 
Members of the submarine community gathered at the Garry Holland Centre in Rockingham Western Australia, as part of the annual Submarine Forum where the boat crews and Submarine Force support elements briefed their activities for 2014.
 
A selection of images and videos from the enterprise portrayed milestones achieved and efficiencies implemented as well as a light-hearted look at some of our members at work and play. A portrayal of centenary activities was presented which included photos and video of the Freedom of Entry into the City of Fremantle in November.    
 
The latter half of the morning consisted of annual awards, with Director General Submarine Capability, Commodore Peter Scott, Director General Collins Sustainment, Commodore John Chandler and Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matt Buckley being key presenters. Commercially sponsored awards were also presented by visiting guests from ASC, Thales, and the Submarine Association of Australia.
 
Time was spent acknowledging the numerous Fleet Awards received by the submarines as well as personal achievement awards.
 
Captain Buckley remarked on the high standard of academic results, with several recipients achieving the magic 100% in a number of exams and training courses.  
 
“It reflects on the dedication of the students, the quality of our training and highlights the professionalism of our up-and-coming submariners," he said.
 
2015 will again be a busy year for our submarines, as we continue to increase submarine availability, expand the submarine workforce and deploy our submarines and people.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143895.