In the prelude to the start of a busy year for the Australian Submarine Force, the annual Seagoing Submariners Mess Dinner was a welcome break for officers and senior sailors conducting hectic pre-deployment work.
It was also a fantastic opportunity to invite officers and senior sailor of the USS Texas (SSN 775), which was visiting Fleet Base West after a lengthy deployment, to share the occasion.
The Commanding Officer of USS Texas, Commander Mike Talbec, said his crew appreciated the opportunity to attend the event.
“This has been a fantastic event. The hospitality we have received by the Australian Submarine Force and HMAS Stirling has been amazing and has been a highlight of our deployment,” Commander Talbec said.
The guest speaker for the evening was the West Australian Consul General David Gainer, with notable guests General Manager Submarines, Mr Greg Sammut; Director General Submarines, Commodore Tim Brown; and Commander Submarines, Captain Doug Theobald.
More than 80 seagoing submariners enjoyed the evening, with many attending the event for the first time.
The highlight of the evening was the opportunity for the Commanding Officer of USS Texas to welcome a new member to the submarine community by awarding the coveted submarine qualification (‘Dolphins’) to one of his junior officer in front of an appreciative audience.
The evening was a great success, with mix of navy traditions and good banter being shared, and also raised $1000 dollars for Legacy.