Exercise Carillon plays right notes for Able Seaman

Published on LEUT Mick Wheeler (author)

Location(s): Rockingham, Western Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia

Topic(s): Exercise BLACK CARILLON

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Crowhurst runs the communications system aboard MV Stoker during Ex Black Carrillon 2016. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Crowhurst runs the communications system aboard MV Stoker during Ex Black Carrillon 2016.

For Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Thomas Crowhurst, submarine Exercise BLACK CARILLON 16 has been a great opportunity to test out his skills with the real-time pressures of an exercise at sea.
 
“This has been my first opportunity to utilise my skills and training in a challenging environment such as a simulated submarine rescue at sea," he said.
 
"Being the only communicator on board [submarine rescue vessel] MV Stoker means that I’ve had to rise to the challenge and take charge.
 
“It has been great to see many different parts of Navy come together as a team to ensure the success of the exercise. 
 
Able Seaman Crowhurst worked with a diverse team including clearance divers, medical specialists and submariners.
 
“The amount of coordination between the submarine and the rescue vessels MV Stoker and MV Besant , combined with the submersible LR5 rescue vehicle has been astounding.”
 
Growing up in the Canberra area, Able Seaman Crowhurst spent some time studying prior to joining the Royal Australian Navy.  
 
“I decided to join the Navy after graduating from the Australian National University in Canberra," he said.
"My bachelors degree in Digital Media has some similarities to the type of work I do now, but nothing can prepare you for anything like BLACK CARILLON."
 
His older step brothers have made successful careers for themselves within the Navy also.
"If they could do it, so could I, and I haven’t looked back since!" he said.
 
“I am looking forward to more sea time and learning as much as I can about all matters Navy. Exercise BLACK CARILLON 16 has been a great start and the experience has been invaluable."
 
The Royal Australian Navy Submarine Escape and Rescue Centre are conducted the exercise in Western Australia at Fleet Base West and off the coast from 15 August to 16 September. The focus of the exercise was practicing and proving established rescue procedures used in the rare instance of a submarine emergency that require the evacuation of personnel from a simulated disabled submarine.