The Submarine Force provided an inspiring welcome home for the crew of HMAS Rankin on 4th Jun 2015 after her recent South East Asian deployment.
Officers and sailors along with family and friends of the crew enjoyed the stirring sound of the pipes and drums of the Rockingham City Pipe Band as the submarine came alongside Diamantina Wharf, HMAS Stirling, Rockingham, Western Australia.
Under the command of Commander Doug Theobald, Rankin participated in Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD, conducted significant underway training and international engagement activities.
The boat conducted two port visits to Singapore, providing opportunities to engage with other exercise participants and for some rest and recreation for the 60 crew members. The visits to Singapore also provided an opportunity to rotate trainees, giving our future submariners an opportunity to complete at-sea task book activities.
Rankin deployed together with HMAS Perth, a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion and a KA350 King Air aircraft for the 10-day exercise in the South China Sea.
Commander Surface Force Commodore Lee Goddard and Commander Submarine Force Captain Matt Buckley were in attendance to welcome Rankin and commented on the impressive turnout by families; reinforcing the support the family unit provides for our personnel.
“It’s been a busy deployment for the crew, who have executed everything asked of them to a very high standard," Captain Buckley said.
“The deployment has also demonstrated the effectiveness of our support elements that will be kept very busy this year with three more deployments still to occur."
For now it’s a short maintenance period for Rankin and the crew will no doubt enjoy some well earned time at home before preparing for their next deployment later in the year.