A small group of senior Australian and international naval officers took time out from the recent Asia Pacific Submarine Conference to pay respects to fallen submariners.
On 20 September, in Fremantle, Western Australia, attending the Asia Pacific Submarine Conference hosted by the Australian Navy, officers from the United States, Japan, Australia, Netherlands and the United Kingdom visited the Fallen Sailors and Soldiers Memorial at Monument Hill to lay wreaths and reflect on lives lost.
Australian Navy Chaplain Stephen Hutchison recited the Submariners’ Prayer at the ceremony, and said he was honoured to be part of the small but meaningful event.
“I was privileged to be able to recite the prayer, but it was the expressions of the visitors, and the words that were not said, that reinforced the meaning of remembering those submariners who have been lost,” Chaplain Hutchison said.
Visitors spent time to pay their individual respects at the various memorials also located at the precinct.
The 16th iteration of the Asia-Pacific Submarine Conference discussed submarine survivability, escape and interoperability of rescue assets.
The conference was conducted at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, in Fremantle from 19 to 21 September, with 53 representatives from 21 nations and agencies in attendance.
Established by Commander, Submarine Force, United States Pacific Fleet in the wake of the 2000 Kursk disaster, the annual forum is hosted on a rotational basis by selected submarine capable nations.
Bringing together regional submarine operators as well as other navies the forum helps to foster mutual understanding and cooperation, offering an important knowledge exchange platform for all participants.