THE CHIEF STOKER'S
Members - Welcome Aboard
W (Bill) Rosatron, partner Mary. Frankston South,
Fleet Chief Control EA HMS/ms Resolution twice and Revenge 1969
Edward Max (Rev’s) Barend, Deakin ACT
Former LSUWSM served in HMAS Orion and Ovens 1980 – 1987
Harold Thomas (Tom) Leathan, partner Carol, Cumnock NSW
Former A/CERA(D)SM served in HMS/m Narwhal and HMAS Ovens 1966
Join the SAA. Remember,
the more Members the more the policy makers in Canberra listen,
there is strength in numbers. Details on SAA Membership are provided on the
following old tarts survived another year and have had, or are
Don Watson's and Michael Kiff's birthdays are on August 2
Graham Fisk's birthday is on August 7th
Richard Hodson's birthday is on August 9th
Kevin Clarke's birthday is on August 11th
Trevor Babore's birthday is on August 12th
Peter Van Brink's birthday is on August 13th
Jack Hodges's, Jeff Harding's and Steve Sanders's birthdays are
on August 16th
Bob Pharoah's birthday is on August 17th
Allan Griegg's birthday is on August 18th
Bernard Lucas's birthday is on August 19th
Tex O'Grady's birthday
is on August 20th
Allan Neyland's and Andrew Pappas's birthdays are on August 22nd
Skip Loft's, Terry Coldwell's, Graham Collins's and Paul
Fogarty's birthdays are on August 23rd
Bill Hollas's birthday is on August 25th
Doug Austin's birthday is on August 26th
Miles Greenway's birthday is on August 27th
David Taylor's birthday is on August 29th
Alan Gibbs's, Kev Batty's and Bill Burgess's birthdays are on
Why isn't my Birthday here? I hear
this often, the answer is simple, I rely on Plaxo to help me
manage the 1100 people in Up Periscope's mailing list. So
if you want to be listed fill in your details on Plaxo next time
I send an update request.
Birthday Calculator. After you've finished reading the
info, click again, and see what the moon looked like the night
you were born. This is neat.
Treasurer and NSW Branch Secretary Bob Marsland is back at home
after going under the
knife for 2 benign brain tumours. He obviously still
has a long way to go on his road to recovery but we all know Bob
never gives up. We are with you mate.
If you know of a mate
that is not traveling well, let us know. Remember, a little
contact during these times is better than a visit from the
Not a lot to report this week, so a short entry.
Come on, I need input so that I do not have to go looking for stuff to
put in The Log. cold here yesterday but today was a bit better,
although a computer malfunction meant that I lost about three hours work
on this week's entry, had to start from scratch and I can assure
you it put me in a foul mood. Even Boofy is steering clear of me.
At least the Dockers won, one bright spot on a dull day.
Rumours of defiance of the SAA's Constitution regarding
Membership have surfaced. I have heard from several sources that
acceptance of Branch members who were not members of the Submarines
Association was on the Agenda of one Branch. If true, this is clearly in
breach of our Constitution that states, "Branches of the SAA are only
entitled to accept as members, financial or Life Members of the SAA."
For any state to introduce this as a by-law at the same time the
Constitution is undergoing review is like waving a red rag at a bull,
and could have similar consequences. Any "Branch" members out
there are reminded that you are NOT a Member of the Association and your
family is NOT entitled to access the Submarine Welfare Foundation, which
is set up to assist members in the time of need. I hope the rumour
is not true.
Queensland member Pee Wee Petherick wrote "Sorry I
did not get to see you for SUBCON , but had a bit on with cadets. I'm
supposed to finish this year, but they've lifted the retiring age from
sixty and they won't let me go till I can find a replacement. You might
like to put an add in the next log for anyone up here on the Sunshine
Coast who has a bit of spare time and would like a bit of spare cash and
want's to help some kids, either to give me a ring on 0754919767 or by
Email. The cadet system is really struggling due to the lack of
instructors these days. Also mate, that photograph of all the boys in
Puerto Rico on our trip home on Onslow, I was supposed to be next to
Hugh Cornish, but when Ken Chilvers told me there was a photo of me , I
had a look and saw that it was actually Stoker Ollie Clelland. Not any
photos of me on the way home. ( Incriminating evidence ) !!!!! Anyway
mate, give me a call when next up in Bauple." Anyone out there
with a bit of time on their hands are encouraged to look into working
with the Sea Cadet Units, I am sure many units would like to hear from
you. Peewee also requested contact details for Tom Harrison, can anyone
Bill "Strech" Vierveyzer rang me this week and asked
"Can you tell me the exact date that HMAS Otway
was hit by a torpedo during exercises off Sydney. I seem to recollect
that we were exercising with some American ships at the time." I
had an article somewhere but I could not find it, only the cartoon
published at the time. Can anyone help?
A kiwi in Bondi, dressed in a ragged All Blacks shirt,
drinks down the last dregs and throws away his bottle. The bottle
smashes and a genie appears. “You have three wishes” he tells the amazed
“Want another bottle” slurs the Kiwi. The genie waves his hand a a
bottle of beer appears in the Kiwi’s hand.“Want to be an Aussie” he
mumbles. The genie again waves his hand and the Kiwi leaps to his feet,
resplendent in a brand new green and gold Wallabies jumper. “Bewdy,
cobber” he says. “Now I want to be able to sit on my arse all day and do
nothing but drink.” The genie again waves his hand and turns the
man back into a Kiwi.
Boot Hatfield has sent the following photos taken at the
Victorian Branch's VP Day Ceremony. Inspiring stuff says Boot as he
reassures me that the boys are NOT asleep! Good to see serving
members in attendance.
Do you suffer with recurrent low grade trauma which
presents as an arthritic type pain in your joints? Keith Ferguson
suffered for many years before he discovered that he had Distal Clavicle
Osteolysis. He suggests that you Google for osteolysis to get more
information, it may be of a help with any future DVA claim that you may
submit. Keith said it took 25yrs for him to get the right doctor.
A man staggered into an emergency room with a concussion, multiple
bruises, two black eyes, arm in a sling, and a five iron wrapped tightly
around his neck. Naturally, the doctor asked him what happened.
"Well, it was like this," said the man. "I was having a quiet round of
golf with my wife, when, at a difficult hole, we both sliced our balls
into a pasture of cows. We went to look for them, and while I was
rooting around I noticed one of the cows had something white at its rear
end. I walked over and lifted up the tail, and sure enough, there was a
golf ball with my wife's monogram on it, stuck right in the middle of
the cow's butt. That's when I made my big mistake.."
"What did you do?" asked the doctor.
"Well, I lifted the cow's tail and yelled to my wife, 'Hey, this looks
I don't remember much after that ..."
Congratulations to CPOMTSM Chris Garner on his promotion to Warrant
Officer. Chris is being posted to the Sea Training Group. He is pictured
here having a quiet beer in Korea, taken on HMAS Rankin in 2005
A happy 50th Anniversary to Bill and Pat Burgess who
celebrated their 50th Anniversary on the 25th August. They were married
at Goudhurst, Kent, U.K and 3 of Bill's mates off Scythian came to the
wedding, Viv Paddon, Ted Budgen and Smudge Smith. Smudge was a Teddy Boy
from the east end of London and turned up in full regalia including
purple lined jacket!! Pat was only 18 at the time, they got married
earlier than planned as he had a chance to bring wife to Australia
compliments of the RN. Bill came out on Arcadia, Pat followed on Oronsay.
They returned home 1959 but managed to return to Australia in 1960, been
very happy living here ever since. Bill and Pat have 4 grown kids, all
Aussies & all doing well. Bill says "Naturally I
cop plenty being a Pom and a Chelsea supporter to boot,. Thanks to you
and all ex submariners for making my life a lot happier."
Talking about old couples, long time Canberra members
Tom and Laurie Johnston are on the move
"................ the house is under offer and if all goes well should
be sold soon. We will, if all goes to plan, be moving to Thirlmere (near
Picton) around the end of September." If anyone that visits
The Log live in the area may I suggest that you sell up quick, the real
estate values are about to take a dive!
North Queensland Branch
Garth Schmidt, the Secretary of the Northern Queensland Branch dropped a
line to let everyone know that the next meeting of the Branch will be
held in Cairns over the weekend of the 21 & 22 October. He said
"As this is the first meeting to be held in
Cairns, we would love a good turnout. So anyone knowing any submariners
out there, who are yet to attend one of our meetings, please invite them
to come along and also bring their partners. We are a very family
oriented bunch. As we all know, Cairns is a very beautiful neck of the
woods, so some of your friends from interstate, may like to take the
chance to attend and enjoy the northern winter and hospitality."
Garth went on to say "Some of you may have
heard that the matter of us being recognized as a branch has not
disappeared. Apparently Brisbane has disputed the legality of the
affirmative vote at the AGM in Brisbane, so a national vote, state by
state is in progress. One can only hope that common sense prevails. In
the meantime, stay deep." Garth is correct,
there has been two motions submitted to the Executive and these are with
the Branches to enable Members to have their say on them.
A man walks into a sex shop and asks for a blow up doll.
“Do you want a Muslim or Christian doll?” asks the shopkeeper.
“What’s the difference?” he asks.
“The Muslim doll blows itself up!”
Lieutenant-Commander Joe Evans RN
Lieutenant-Commander Joe Evans, who has died aged 85, rose from boy
seaman to chief salvage officer of the United Kingdom, and in 1943 took
the surrender of an Italian fleet. In that year he was navigator of the
submarine Unrivalled off Bari. His captain heard about the Italian
armistice on the BBC; he surfaced, flying a White Ensign, and sent Evans
to negotiate with the Italian authorities. Coming ashore in a
commandeered fishing boat, Evans asked to be taken to the senior Italian
naval officer, and was guided through back alleys to avoid crossfire
between the Germans and the Italians.
In the midst of this chaos, Admiral Tomasso Panunzio was
dumbfounded to be confronted by a fresh-faced representative of the
former enemy demanding the surrender of all Italian ships in the port.
During the day-long negotiations Evans gave his word (on behalf of King
George VI) that the crews of the ships would be repatriated.
That night he sailed as commodore of a convoy with no
more to guide him than his common sense and a signalman; neither of them
spoke Italian. Despite German air attacks, three days later they reached
St Paul's Bay, Malta, where Evans refused to relinquish his command
until assured that his promise to Panunzio would be honoured.
A printer's son, Joseph Evans was born at Bath on
December 31 1920, and educated at the local Roman Catholic primary
school. After studying art for two years at a technical college, he sold
ice cream at Weston-super-Mare before joining the Royal Navy at
Devonport as boy seaman, second class.
Evans was first lieutenant of the submarine Spearhead
when she towed the midget submarine XE4 into the Mekong Delta to cut
Japanese undersea telegraph cables. After the war he was first
lieutenant of the frigate St Bride's Bay on the Palestine patrol. But,
following a personality clash with his commanding officer, he was sent
to command the trawler Steepholme on wreck dispersal operations off the
east coast of England. Here Evans found his niche, and his next sea
command was of the coal-burning salvage ship Barrage.
Joining the Admiralty's Marine Services division, he
quickly rose to chief salvage officer. After retiring with an OBE in
1981, he was for two years a salvage adviser to the Mary Rose project,
helping to find a special barge in Germany to lift the wreck from the
Joe Evans, who died on May 31, organised pilgrimages to Fatima and to
Knock, and built boats for his family to race. He married, in 1945, his
childhood sweetheart, Joan Higgs, who survives him with two sons and two
A Greek and an Italian were sitting in a Starbuck's one
day discussing who had the superior culture. Over triple lattes, the
Greek guy says, "Well, we have the Parthenon.
Arching his eyebrows, the Italian replies, "We have the Coliseum."
The Greek retorts, "We Greeks gave birth to advanced mathematics.
The Italian, nodding agreement, and says, "But we built the Roman
And so on and so on, until the Greek comes up with what he thinks will
end the discussion... With a flourish of finality he says! "We invented
The Italian replies, That is true, but... it was the Italians who
introduced it to women."
Are you a BIG man and have difficulty buying stuff.
We have Australian Submarine shirts up to 5XL and we can source many
other items in sizes up to 5XL, with or without logos. These are
fashionable and about half the price of BIG MENS shops.
Look at our
to be sold off
The former Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC Pty Ltd) will be sold
by the Federal Government. Finance Minister Nick Minchin announced today
that following a scoping study into the possible sale of the company,
the Government had decided to put it up for a competitive tender sale.
He said the tender would most likely begin in late 2007, with a sale
completed by the second half of 2008.
The sale decision had been expected. Senator Minchin said a tender sale
would protect the company's long term interests. "It is vital that ASC
continue to have access to essential technical assistance from
international partners and governments," he said. "A trade sale will
allow the Government to ensure that the company's new owners are
acceptable to overseas technology suppliers.
Senator Minchin said the Government had flagged that ASC would not be
sold until the Air Warfare Destroyer and amphibious ship contracts had
been decided. Senator Minchin said the Government's objectives for the
sale included preserving and enhancing the long term viability of ASC,
to minimise ongoing risks to the Government following privatisation, and
to achieve value for money from the sale.
"Any new owner of ASC will need to demonstrate its ability to comply
with these sale objectives," he said. The Government also will cap
foreign ownership on the company at 49 per cent.
The chairman, chief executive officer and a majority of directors will
have to be Australian citizens, while the ASC head office, substantial
operations and place of incorporation will have to remain in Australia.
Russian Navy to receive new
Russia’s Navy will get new ships and submarines from 2009,
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said.
Starting from 2009, “we expect the Russian Navy to receive frigates and
corvettes of a new generation, as well as nuclear-powered
missile-carrying and general-purpose submarines,” Ivanov said in
Vladivostok after a meeting at the Pacific Fleet headquarters on
Saturday. “Some of them will be turned over to the Pacific Fleet,” he
In his words, the Pacific Fleet “carries out all of its missions with
some strain because its ships are not in proper shape.” “I do hope that
expenditures on the modernisation of the army and navy in 2007 by the
Defence Ministry alone will exceed 40 percent and continue to grow to
the 50-50 ratio, where 50 percent of funds will go into the maintenance
of the Armed Forces and 50 percent into their rearmament,” the minister
He stressed that the Pacific Fleet was ensuring Russia’s military
security and national interests along a 13,000-kilometre state border
from the Bering Strait to Vladivostok in the Pacific, Indian, and Arctic
oceans. One of its missions is to protect Russia’s bio resources, he
added. The fleet has more than 80 warships of different classes.
Israel purchases two
Israel has purchased two Dolphin-class, "nuclear-capable" submarines
from Germany, the Jerusalem Post reported this week. German officials
say the subs are "designed for the conduct of conventional war," but
critics of the deal say they're equipped to carry nuclear weapons. What
makes these submarines nuclear-capable?
The size of their torpedo tubes. Nonproliferation experts call the
Dolphin-class German subs "nuclear-capable" because they come with
torpedo tubes in two diameters—533 mm and 650 mm. For conventional
warfare, the Israelis might do fine with just the 533 mm tubes, which
can fire off regular missiles like the American-supplied Harpoon. The
presence of the larger tubes suggests that Israel might be planning to
install long-range nuclear cruise missiles that they may have developed
Meanwhile, Germany says it's delivering the subs with liners inserted
into the big tubes, which brings them down from 650 mm to 533 mm. The
liners won't make the subs any less nuclear-capable, though: If the
Israelis wanted to use the bigger tubes, they could just pull the liners
out. They might also use the smaller tubes to fire off nuked-up versions
of the Harpoon missiles. (Unconfirmed reports suggest that Israel has
developed nuclear-armed, underwater missiles in both sizes.)
US Navy To Commission New
Attack Submarine; USS Texas
The U.S. Navy will commission its newest Virginia-class attack
submarine, the USS Texas, Saturday September 9th in Galveston. At the
ceremony, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas will deliver an address while First
Lady, Laura Bush, the ship's sponsor, will give the order to "man our
ship and bring her to life!" The Texas will be commanded by Capt. John
Litherland and his crew of 134 officers and enlisted sailors.
With improved stealth, the Texas was designed to combat "post-Cold War
threats" and was built with "the capabilities required for safeguarding
the nation's interests in the 21st century." According to the Pentagon,
the Virginia-class submarine has sophisticated surveillance capabilities
and special warfare enhancements that enable it to meet the Navy's
multi-mission requirements. With a modular design, Texas along with its
other sister submarines of the Virginia-class, will be able to
accommodate technology upgrades throughout its life.
Draper had a bad fall and was admitted to Cairns Hospital.
Apparently some lame brain slipped him a Mickey at a party on
Wednesday night and he collapsed and hit his head which caused
some bleeding to the brain. He was not seriously ill but
they kept him in for observation.
Peter Bullock has been assessed for asbestosis related problems,
discovered after visiting a doctor for what was thought to be a
cold or the flu. The long term prognosis is obviously a major
concern for Peter and his family but he is taking a positive
attitude and intends to pursue life to the fullest.
Summer must be on its way, my pool pump stuffed up and i
spent half of yesterday replacing it. Next it will be he salt
cell! I spent today turning the pool gates around, new regulations
require hem to open in the opposite direction. It would have been easy
if they were not anchored with about two bags of cement
A reminder to all of you out there, get regular check
ups. As you can see we have a couple in the sick list. Peter, like most
blokes does not go to the doctor for regular check ups and would not
have discovered his problem if he did not get the flu. Bob was having vision problems
which lead to the discovery of the tumours. So don't put off going to
the doctor if you have any irregularities, early detection improves your
chances of a cure or management, meaning you live longer. When did you
last have a full medical and chest XRay?
Good to see a few new members appearing this month.
One, Tom Leatham is a fellow plankowner of HMAS Ovens. Welcome
aboard Tom. May see you at SUBCON in Adelaide next year Tom?
Maybe an Ovens plankowner's reunion?
Have you got out of the Navy in the last five years and
are Collins qualified? Have you considered coming back as either full
time PNF or as a reservist on CFTS? There are many that get out
and regret it and yet their pride does not let them consider the option.
Well swallow your pride and call DSCM, they are looking for you.
If you are a qualified MT and are interested in a training position at
the submarine School,
Good pay, excellent conditions and a fantastic boss (ME)!
I received quite a few email when an OAM was awarded to
Huw Gethin-Jones for services rendered to the Association and the
question was raised on how many nominations are submitted from the SAA
each year. I could not answer this as nominations are treated in
confidence, but I would argue we probably do not submit enough. There are some out there that have worked tirelessly
year after year on your behalf on many matters, including the Health and
Welfare of our Members. May I suggest that you bring this up with your
committee at your next meeting. Now time for
nominations for awards within the Order of Australia for the Queen's
Birthday 2007. Details of how to nominate can be found at the
It's an Honour
There is an article later in the update noting that the Australian Government is committed to further
enhancing the organisational efficiency, business processes and
information management systems in Defence. How much more money are they
going to waste trying to run the defence forces as business units.
Guys, concentrate on running a non profit organisation, the services!
Another item relates to an Attitudinal Survey, good to see the touchy
feely brigade are looking after the troops. Am I getting cynical?
Yes! Is Defence going down the gurgler? Yes!!!!! Is it time
for me to move on? Yes!
The Australian Government has awarded 45,000 Australian Defence Medals
since April this year to current and ex members of the ADF who have
provided six years service in the Nation’s defence. 25,000 of these were
issued to serving members. The Government was on track dealing with
applications from eligible serving and ex-service men and women. If you
have not applied or want more details on eligibility go to the
A woman, standing nude, looks in the bedroom mirror and says to her
husband, "I look horrible, I look fat and ugly. Pay me a compliment".
The husband replies, "Your eyesight's perfect". Guess who slept on the
Ian Eglinton (ex SAW, Onslow 1981) writes
"Interesting to see the 2 Onslow citations listed
in last weeks entry. The skipper actually wanted 12 awards to be handed
out, but the powers that ‘was’ only allowed him to pick 8. I can’t
remember the others with the exception of the UC1 – ‘Glen’ Campbell, who
went into the AMS and brought a number of unconscious crew to the AMS
ladder where some of us pulled them up to the control room. I clearly
remember looking at Glen’s eyes roll back when he too succumbed to the
gasses and fell back into the Gyro space. It would be good to list all
those blokes if anyone can remember who they all were. If it weren’t for
a top crew, I think we would all have finished up on the bottom. As for
bad health, I think we all got a life sentence."
Rick Ling is back in town. "Here
in Oz finally for a quick trip. Sydney, Brisbane then after that
Melbourne before returning to Mexico in October, so little time here!!
See ya" Rick is a teacher in a place called Toluca.
Mike Shepherd reports that he is still in Indonesia (not
prison) and Paul Green (WOETCSM) is currently in Sao Paulo Brazil. Paul
has lived in Thailand for a few years now and says he will be back there
(Thailand) in October. Steve Thomas if off to Bali (again, what is the
lure?) and Dave Byrne (Tasmania) is overseas on leave until 03 October.
Am I the only one not traveling? I am sure they tell me this to
make me jealous.
Secretary of the Submariners Association (Australia Branch) Mike Pearson
reminded me that the US Subvets will be holding a Church Service in St
Georges Cathedral at 11am on Thursday, September 7th to honour those who
ran from Fremantle in .WW11. It is only a matter of showing up.
Victorian members Pat and Mavis Heffernan will be
attending the Submariners Association Reunion in London later this year
and are interested to know if anyone else from Australia will also be
attending. If you are let me know so I can pass contact details on.
Chad Hardy has started a new website with his brother
for anybody who wants to swap anything. There is no cost and although
there are only a few items there at the moment it is a great idea. Check
Rob Woolrych reports that the SAA Queensland (inc)
branch AGM was held last week and it is good to see the Branch has
retained its strong leadership team. Barry McKeown was reappointed
as President, Don Currell Vice President and Rob retains the thankless
task of Secretary. Their money is safe as Bob Wilson is Treasurer,
we all know how tight he is. The team is supported by committeeman
Roger Hardwicke writes from London
"Just a few photos of the presentation of a SAA crest in the Tower of
London. My Son in Law was able to get me into the Yeoman Warders Mess
which is located in the wall closest to the the Thames River. We now
have our crest on their wall and there weren't to many other submarines.
Some history of the place: in approx 1820 Duke of Wellington (the one
who flogged the frogs) Was order to sort it out after a fire in the
Arsenal. He only recruited Army Warrant Officers who had completed 20
years. (This has now been lowered to Sergeants). During WW 2 the
hospital was used to house only U-Boat Officers that were captured. Also
near the bar they have a note and autograph from Rudolph Hess who was
also house in the Tower. All the Yeomen (Beefeaters) live in the Tower
itself as the married quarters are in the walls." Roger
would look nice in one of those dresses.................
Piesse wrote "I am trying to dig out some photos
for ‘buddies in boats’ and I came across a goldmine of periscope
photography negatives - dozens and dozens taken on Otway in the early
80’s – I have no idea how I managed to get the them!!! Needless to say
there is a series of shots of Ken McBryde doing the surfacing round
robin on his last day at sea in 82’. I
would like to get them to him.
help. I believe he is in Caloundra somewhere but I have been
unsuccessful so far using the white pages on-line etc.
Hope you can help" If you have Ken's
contact details would you please let him know we are looking for him.
Geoff went on to say "After reading the article on
Onyx I wondered whether your ‘steaming bat’ is still stuck onto the
engine services operating panel? I remember when I first joined her in
69’, the late Tiny Wetherall told me all about you and your large feet.
Fond memories of both you and Tiny" I think that they
bronzed the boot, but I think that hey would have preferred to bronze
me. I had some good times on Onyx, but it was not my happiest time in
the Navy. Any Onyx commissioning crew out there?
A timely photo sent in by Howard "Tex" Rutter, taken at
Scotts in Greenock, on the occasion of the presentation of the Long
Service Medal to Jock Wilson, the then Chief Tiff of Orion.
"I can't give you an exact date except to say it
was between 1974 - 1976. The fine group of men are L - R, Howard Rutter,
David Bryant, Jock Wilson ( I don't know his correct first name), Geoff
Piesse, Captain Jones (then serving in Australia House in London), Tony
Harris and Joe Knowles."
A Kiwi Chief Tiff left the navy to become a farmer. He
buys several sheep, hoping to breed them for wool. After several weeks,
he notices that none of the sheep are getting pregnant, and phones the
vet for help. The vet tells him that he should try artificial
Chief Tiff doesn't have the slightest idea what this means but, not
wanting to show his ignorance, only asks the vet how he will know when
the sheep are pregnant.
The vet tells him they will stop standing and instead will lie down and
wallow in the grass when they are pregnant. The Chief Tiff hangs up and
gives it some thought. He comes to the conclusion that artificial
insemination means he has to impregnate the sheep himself.
So he loads
the sheep into his Land Rover, drives them out to the woods, has sex
with them all, brings them back, and goes to bed.
The next morning, he wakes and looks out at the sheep. Seeing that they
are all standing around, he deducts that the first try didn't take, and
loads them in the Land Rover again. He drives them out to the woods,
bangs each one twice for good measure, brings them back, and goes to bed
Next morning, he wakes to find the sheep still standing around. Try
again, he tells himself and proceeds to the woods with them. He spends
all day banging the sheep and upon returning home. falls listlessly into
The next morning, he cannot even raise himself from the bed to look out
the window. He asks his wife to look and tell if the sheep are lying in
the grass. "No" she says. "They're all in the Land Rover, and one of
them is honking the horn"
The home of the mock up of HMAS Otway has been struck a
severe blow. However, Holbrook business people are confident the
town will keep going despite losing 102 jobs at the Hyne timber mill. To
make matters worse the Holbrook bypass, scheduled to be built about
2012, will see many bypass the town. Submarine Cafe owners Warren
and Helen Thompson are pleased at the way HMAS Otway boosts Holbrook’s
role as a stopping place. The new submarine exhibition centre has opened
and a submarine “control room” in the centre was almost ready.
Eternal Patrol - CPOUW Dave Perkins
HMS Alliance, HMCS Ojibwa & HMCS Onondaga.
Dave Perkins was born (1936) in Oshawa, Ontario and was brought up
mostly in that province. In 1954 at the age of seventeen and a half he
joined the RCN as an ordinary Seaman and volunteered for service in
submarines eighteen months later while serving aboard HMCS Haida. In
April 1956 he followed the same route as many of the heroes in his book
when he was sent to HMS Dolphin for his training and then served for
five years in British Submarines.
During that time he married his English wife Patsy and they had their
first of four children before returning to Canada. After a further
period in surface ships Dave retuned to submarines and served in
Canadian boats until his retirement in 1979 at which time he was a Chief
Petty Officer WU (torpedo man).
Dave had a long fascination with naval history which
began as a teenager when he was living in Cobourg. Ontario.
After leaving the Navy he began to study Canada's involvement in
submarines and was surprised to find that no one else had ever looked
into that aspect of Canadian naval history before. It took five years of
research before he was ready for this, the first volume of a projected
two volume history. A sequel covering the World War Two period and
afterwards is planed for the future.
From the material held in the museum library I can tell you that his
"The Canadian Submarine Service in Review" Published in 2000
"The Canadian Submarine Service Historical Statistics Published in 1994
"The Canadian Wartime Submariners" Published in 1994
"Canada's Submariners 1914-1923" Published in 1989
A great loss.
RN Submarine Museum
DEFENCE MANAGEMENT REVIEW &
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT BOARD
The Australian Government is committed to further enhancing the
organisational efficiency, business processes and information management
systems in Defence. Two key initiatives - a Defence Management Review
and a Defence Business Improvement Board - will examine efficiency and
effectiveness across Defence and look specifically at decision making,
business and management processes.
The Defence Management Review will run for around six months and
will provide their final report directly to the Minister. The
Review will be chaired by Ms Elizabeth Proust, who will be joined by
VADM Chris Ritchie RAN (Retd), Mr John Azarias, and Dr Alan Kallir.
The Defence Business Improvement Board will
become a permanent board. It will meet three to four times of the
remainder of this year and more frequently in 2007, reporting to the CDF
and the Secretary, and through them to me. Mr Barry Cusack, Chairman of
Oxiana has agreed to chair the Board. Other external members will
be Mr Jock Murray, Director Investa; Ms Vanessa Fanning, from the
International Air Services Commission; and Mr Les Cupper, Group
Executive People Services, Commonwealth Bank of Australia. They
will be joined by Mr Phillip Prior Defence's Chief Finance Officer, Mr
Martin Bowles, Deputy Secretary, Defence Support (designate), AVM John
Monaghan, Chief Information Officer and AVM Chris Spence, Commander
THE 2005 DEFENCE ATTITUDE
SURVEY SHOWS POSITIVE TRENDS
Defence has released a summary of the latest Defence Attitude Survey
findings. The 2005 survey is the sixth to have been conducted since
attitudinal data was first collected in 1999. The survey information
will be used by Defence to develop workforce policies, management
procedures and conditions of service.
Since 2001, the proportion of ADF personnel who believe that their
promotion prospects are good has risen noticeably (Navy by 6%, Army by
14%, Air Force by 15%). Satisfaction with the promotion system has
increased by 6% for Army and 9% for Air Force. (Is
this because of the numbers leaving the forces?) Confidence in
senior leadership within Defence has risen by 18% for Navy, 14% for
Army, 31%, for Air Force and 17% for civilians.
(Up from what?)
Since 1999, the proportion of ADF personnel who believe that they are
well-prepared for operational duties has increased by 28% for Navy, 28%
for Army and 36% for Air Force. (Up from what?) The Defence Survey does identify a number of areas that need greater
attention, including perceptions of work-life balance within Navy and
Army in particular. Satisfaction with current salaries has fallen, as
have the levels of satisfaction with matters such as individual
Summary of Results is available for download at:
AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ON MILITARY JUSTICE REFORM
Defence's reforms to its military justice system are ahead of schedule,
with the implementation of 16 recommendations contained in the
Government's response to the report on the effectiveness of Australia's
military justice system. At the time of the report, a total of
seven full recommendations, and significant elements of a further two
recommendations contained in the Government's response to the report on
Australia's military justice system had been completed on, or ahead of,
the Implementation Plan schedule. Since then, further recommendations
have been completed bringing the total to 16.
Fireworks at Euro Disney (AP), Paris.
The French Government announced today that it is imposing a ban on the
use of fireworks at Euro Disney.
The decision comes the day after a nightly fireworks display at the
park, located just 30 miles outside of Paris, caused the soldiers at a
nearby French Army garrison to surrender to a group of Czech tourists.
for INDIAN nuclear submarine fully operational
The reactor for India's nuclear-powered submarine project at Kalpakkam,
near Chennai, is working smoothly at its full capacity of 100 MWe,
informed sources said. The project is called the Advanced
Technology Vessel (ATV) programme. The sources said the reactor,
which went critical towards the end of 2004, was fully operational now.
A miniaturised version of the reactor would be built and fitted into the
submarine. Substantial progress has also been made in building the
submarine's hull at Visakhapatnam, the sources said.
It was the stir of the town when an 80-year-old man married a
20-year-old blonde girl. After a year of marriage, she went into the
hospital to give birth. The nurse came out to congratulate the fellow
saying, "This is amazing. How do you do it at your age?" He answered,
"You've got to keep that old motor running."
The following year the young bride gave birth again. The same nurse said
you really are amazing. How do you do it?" He again said, "You've
got to keep the old motor running."
The same thing happened the next
year. The nurse said, "Well, well, well! You certainly are quite a man!"
He responded "You've got to keep that old motor running."
The nurse then said, "Well, you better change the oil. This one's black
Russian Boomers Stumble
by James Dunnigan
Russia has run into yet more technical problems with its new "Borei
Class" of ballistic missile nuclear subs (SSBN, or "boomers"). The
launching of the first ship in the class, the Yuri Dolgoruky, has been
put off from late this year, to early next year. Construction of the
Yuri Dolgoruky began ten years ago, but money shortages, and technical
problems, have slowed progress.
The second ship in the class, the Alexander Nevsky, is also nearing
completions. Construction on the third, the Vladimir Monomakh, began
earlier this year. Russia wants to have about a dozen of these boats, to
replace the Delta IV class SSBNs that are currently in service. The
Delta IVs are getting old, and have only about a decade of useful
The Borei's are closer in design to the Delta IVs, than to the more
recent, and much larger, Typhoon boats. The Boreis are 558 feet long and
44 feet wide. Surface displacement is 15,000 tons, and twelve Bulava
SLBMs (Sea Launched Ballistic Missile) will be carried. Work on the Yuri
Dolgoruky was delayed for several years because the first missile being
designed for it did not work out. A successful land based missile, the
Topol-M, was quickly modified for submarine use. The Bulava was a larger
missile, cutting the Borei's capacity from twenty to twelve missiles.
The boat also has four torpedo tubes, and twelve torpedoes or torpedo
tube launched missiles.
The Boreis have a crew of 107, with half of them being officers (a
common Russian practice when it comes to high tech ships like nuclear
subs). Each of these boats will cost at least two billion dollars. This
high cost, by Russian standards, is partly because many factories that
supplied parts for Russian subs were in parts of the Soviet Union that
are not now within the borders of present day Russia. So new factories
had to be built. All components of the Boreis, and their missiles, will
be built in Russia. A dozen of these boats probably won't be completed
for at least a decade.
A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man reading a
book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards. The little boy asked
why he wore his collar that way. The man, who was a priest, said, " I am
The little boy replied, "My Daddy doesn't wear his collar like that."
The priest looked up from his book and answered, "I am the Father of
The boy said, "My Dad has 4 boys, 4 girls and two grandchildren and he
doesn't wear his collar that way."
The priest, getting impatient, said, "I am the Father of hundreds" and
went back to reading his book.
The little boy sat quietly thinking for a while, then leaned over and
said, "Maybe you should wear your pants backwards instead of your
Not much happening and there has been little incoming
email of interest so a short entry this week. Come on guys, I need your
bits and pieces to try and keep the site interesting. At least it
gives me time to do a bit of tidying up. The WA Branch are having
an online vote on a submission put by he Queensland Branch this week.
The form was put online yesterday and initial responses indicates that it
may be a handy tool for future use.
Why is it that a gloomy damp weekend can make you gloomy
and dull (I was going to say damp but many of you have dirty minds)
I have started several things but rapidly lost interest. Even Boofy has
shown little interest and he is smarter than me, he has spent most of
the weekend in his bed, snug as a bug in a rug. Roll on summer.........
The Association congratulates the following officers that graduated last
week from the 2006 SM Warfare Officers course. They were:
LEUT M Drake, RAN
LEUT T Markusson, CF(N)
LEUT M Spearman, CF(N)
LEUT S Blake, RAN
The Dux of the course and winner of the Raytheon Sword of Excellence was
LEUT Drake. LEUT Markusson was runner up and commended for his
efforts. All officers have passed an important milestone in their
Buzzes from Trap One
I am glad that someone out there reads this stuff and
picks up my deliberate mistakes. Guy Burton
noted "Not sure if anyone else has picked up on this but you
(unfortunately) incorrectly put Mike Deeks' and Rick Shalders' post
nominals as DSC in the piece about what MD is up to these days. They
both have CONSPICUOUS Service Crosses (CSC), not Distinguised Service
Crosses (DSC). Once a Staff Officer, always a Staff
Officer.............. eye for detail!!!!!" Finger problems Guy,
we all know that Mike is not Distinguished. Mind you, Mike's better half
Jenny says "Retirement is good! Have you seen how
good Mike is looking lately…he has lost weight and is exercising….I am
going to have to smarten myself up, he looks 10 years younger!"
Terry Rowley (WONPCSM) wrote "Keep
up the good work mate. Graham Collins (WOUC) and myself will send you
our profiles for Buddies in Boats, however, we are finding it hard to
attach his Parchment Photo, taken in his former glory." You
should talk Terry, I hear that you have been allocated a naval
police sniffer dog, his role is to sniff you every now and then to
confirm that you are alive and not napping.
I understand that work on the proposed constitution
change is coming on and a draft is taking shape. Let us hope that this
long awaited document can be agreed to speedily so that any confusion
created by the current version is resolved.
HMS Platypus? Lindsay (Jack) Frost (EX CPONPCSM) writes
"I am writing in desperation as there is a
question that has me lying awake at nights trying to recall the answer.
I was browsing the site and having a read of the article on the history
of Platypus. I had a chuckle when reading about the morning ritual of
polishing the bell and the platypus, recalling the amount of elbow
grease and brasso I expended over the years. I then recalled the bell
was actually engraved 'HMS PLATYPUS', not 'HMAS'. After a decade since I
last saw it I am wondering if I remember correctly or if senility is
setting in early". I thought that Jack was right, but to
confirm it I called upon our historian, Peter Smith.
"Hi Jack, Yes you are correct it is stamped HMS
not HMAS and I don't think there would be too many submariners ever
noticed the difference. There is a reason. Platypus was being built for
the RAN as depot ship for our 'E' class submarines. However she was not
completed for the journey out with the boats, in fact she wasn't
completed until after WW1 started, the Admiralty took over control of
the ship and commissioned her into the RN hence the HMS on the bell at
the end of the war the ship was handed over to the RAN and came out to
Australia with the J class. Regards Peter. "
Allen Story wrote "Hi there Norm,
Received my Australian Service Medal today and just wanted to thank you
for your help in getting it by publishing the list on up Periscope"
Mike Bennett commented "Thought
you might like this…….And watch it with the Chief Tiff jokes. We may
gang up on you yet!" Included in the email was
a link and I
was silly enough to visit it. Obviously it was no challenge
for me, a WO Stoker wityh a Helmsman's certificate but can imagine what
a challenge it was to the Tiff.
A member passing through Holbrook has reported that the
management of the Holbrook Otway static display is being scuttled by
some councilors who now wants to step in and run the display without
reference to the committee or those that have put in
hours of voluntary work building it and keeping it running now that all
the hard work has been done by Jim Redwood, Ian Taber and others.
A dangerous move, without the support of the submarine community the
council will soon have a white elephant (or is that a pink submarine) on
Max Byrant of the Westerport Oberon Association reports
"I have some good news and some bad news, the good
news is that we have secured the site for Otama. The bad news is that
the Port controlling body does not want the Interpretation/Museum Centre
on the site. The site can not be used for port related industry but they
want to keep control of as much as possible in case the policy changes
in the next 20 years. With the ever increasing urban sprawl I don't see
that ever happening and any development would have to meet the buffer
zones requirements so it would not be feasible.
They do suggest however that we build our purpose built building on the
adjacent land which is naturally owned by another party. Even if we were
able to secure this site it is still in excess of 200 metres from the
sub site across a very busy road with a 100kph speed zone. That would
make it very interesting crossing the road for our visitors. Not to
mention all our service ductwork to run the systems onboard Otama.
Trying to run technical services over extended distances is never a good
idea, not to mention the costs. However we are still negotiating
the outcome and I do expect that common sense will eventually prevail
but dealing with bureaucrats who knows.
Derek Lilliman has received an e-mail from Tex Golding in the UK,
secretary of the Submarine Coxswains Association, enquiring if I knew
the whereabouts of an Ex RN Cox’n named Philip Thompson who came
out here and joined the RAN. The records Tex has showed he joined the
Coxn's Association in 1993 and he served on Valiant (RN) and Otama (RAN).
I am hoping that you may be able to help me find out
some info about an Uncle of mine. His name was Robert Cyril Greenway. He
had two stints in the RN. Joining first in 1931 as a Ganges boy. Went
into signals and served, before the war on the Hood, Centaur, Cairo
before trying to join S/M's in'34. Turned down, amazingly but was
successful in '37. Served on Sterlet, Trident before starting the war on
Taku. The dates show that he would have been on her when she tried to
torpedo the Ashanti. Left S/M's after being rated up in '40. Spent the
war on a variety of ships. (Oribi, Whitshed, Blencathra and a couple
more) Left the RN in '45 and rejoined in '48. Probably a common
occurrence for wartime servicemen. Went to S/m's in '50. Served as a
Leading Signalman on the Forth and Token. He was spare crew for a while
so could have been around the blocks. In late '50 he was rated Yeoman
and served on Trump before going to Token. I have lost track of any
boats after this date as his service docks ran out of lines. Must have
had another boat as he left the RN in '58. He totaled up a good 24 years
service during some "interesting" times. His official number was
J134320. One interesting entry on his 'docs' shows he was awarded the
sum of £6.6.0 on 3rd August '42 from the Naval Prize Fund. He was
awarded the GS Medal and Palestine Clasp, '39 - 45 star with rosette :
Africa Star with Clasp: Atlantic Star with Rosette. He died in '74 from
a cancer that had it's origins in the war. I joined the mob a couple of
weeks before he died and his last advice was 'ears open, mouth shut,
work hard, have fun but keep
it in my pants.' A lot of information came my way via Gus Britton but
would like to know if any of our members served, had a run ashore or
just a run in with him. I hope to be able to make it to a meeting
soon. Cheers Miles Greenway.
asks "Hi Fellers, I was just wondering if anyone
has heard anything of my old oppo Lofty Ritchie. I've not heard a thing
from him since I left the Mob. His daughter tried to contact me some
time ago but by the time I found out about it the web entry no longer
existed. No news from this end".
Bruce Jackson (Ex CPOCOX skimmer) is trying to locate ex
CPOCOXSM Milton Pascoe. Bruce joined up with Milton from Canberra in
1966 and said that some of our fellow JRs from the 15th intake at
Leeuwin are trying to get a reunion going …
Peter (Ben) Franklin is working on getting the word out and around.
snailmail 531 Creamery Rd, Tyntynder South, VIC, 3585 if you were in
Do you have any knowledge of these, if so please
let me know.
A little old lady, well into her eighties, slowly enters
the front door of a sex shop. Obviously very unstable on her feet, she
wobbles the few feet across the store to the counter. Finally arriving
at the counter and grabbing it for support, she asks the sales clerk: "Dddooo
youuuu hhhave dddddiilllldosss?"
The clerk, politely trying not to burst out laughing, replies: "Yes we
do have dildos. Actually we carry many different models."
The old woman then asks: "Dddddoooo yyyouuuu ccaarrryy aaa pppinkk onnee,
tttenn inchessss lllong aaanddaabboutt ttwoo inchesss ththiickk...aaand
rrunns by bbaatteries?"
The clerk responds, "Yes we do, can i get you one."
"Nooo, dddooo yyoooouuuu kknnnoooww hhhowww tttooo ttturrrnnn ttthe
Expect noise in a Navy town
Birdies are upsetting the natives in Nowra. Noticed this news item by P.
Drury, Nowra. Monday, 31 July 2006.
A Comment on your story in last week's South Coast Register of the Berry
resident complaining about the noise from the Navy planes. He would not
have wanted to be living in Nowra in the 1950s when there were fixed
wing jets screaming across the sky. The locals just accepted it and got
on with their lives. Come on, man, this is a Navy town what do you
expect (gliders)? If you don't like it leave. If you were living in
Beirut you would have cause for complaint. NW: And we thought that
the bloke who lived next door to Platypus had something to complain
HMS Onyx has new home
"Norm, thought you might like this and
perhaps any 'old Onyx ' crew might like to respond" said Thor
Lund after receiving an item from a friend, which said "Thought
you might like to see some pictures of the ONYX coming into Barrow. My
good friend Terry Spurling
Submarine Heritage Trust and has procured the boat on the Trust's
behalf. I am sure he would love to hear from you as he is getting
details of the crew etc. etc." Onyx was my first actual
submarine posting, I joined her for her workup in Faslane just after
commissioning. A no badge part 3 LSMTP dink, just imagine how easy
things were for me. Any Onyx crew out there please contact
Citations from our past
Terry Parsons visited the
Australian Bravery Association website and found the following
citations from a sad period of our submarine history. He wrote "A BIG
MEMORY for me and still paying for it with my own health, although, I
feel it is something of note for the Oberon Squadron's History".
POMTPSM Harry Rollinson
On 1 March 1981 submarine HMAS Onslow was submerged during sea exercises
off the East Coast of Australia when, during certain procedures in
stopping engines, a dense cloud of white acrid, noxious smoke filled the
Engine Room and circulated through the ventilation system into the
Control Room and accommodation area seriously affecting, and endangering
the lives of, a large number of crew. Petty Officer Rollinson and
another seaman proceeded to the Engine Room to restart the engine in
order to clear the smoke from the submarine. They donned breathing
apparatus giving a supply of air for no more than 15 minutes. The air in
the breathing unit ran out just before the final start routine was
completed, and soon after the other seaman collapsed. Petty Officer
Rollinson then donned an emergency breathing unit and started the engine
to enable the air to clear. Whilst the smoke was still relatively thick
the air in Petty Officer Rollinson's emergency unit ran out; but he
continued to tend the engine until normal air circulation in the
In his persistent efforts in the Engine Room Petty Officer Rollinson
displayed considerable bravery. He placed the safety of the submarine
and the survival and well being of other crew members above his own
CPOMTPSM David Grant
On 1 March 1981 submarine HMAS
Onslow was submerged during sea exercises off the East Coast of
Australia when, during certain procedures in stopping engines, a dense
cloud of white acrid, noxious smoke filled the Engine Room and
circulated through the ventilation system into the Control Room and
accommodation area seriously affecting, and endangering the lives of, a
large number of the crew. Chief Petty Officer Grant donned breathing
apparatus and, on his hands and knees, searched the Engine Room for
signs of fire. He removed his breathing mask to report 'safety from
fire' and in so doing inhaled the fumes. Although now affected by the
smoke he then searched the accommodation area and found an unconscious
seaman. He reported the casualty and, notwithstanding he was near
collapse, attempted to revive the sailor by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
and by using air from his own breathing unit.
By his actions in ensuring that the Engine Room was safe and in
attempting to revive an unconscious seaman Chief Petty Officer Grant
displayed considerable bravery.
Fatal Ascent the story of the
ill fated HMS Seal
In May 1940, Able Seaman Hugh Reynolds, then of High Street, was among
the sweating, gasping crew of the ill fated HM Submarine Seal. The sub
was lying on the seabed of the Kattegat with her crew being slowly
poisoned and seemingly no chance of escape. Above them, German
forces waited for the inevitable. Eventually the ship had no option but
to surface and raise the white flag of surrender - the first time
British warship had surrendered since 1812. Fatal Ascent - HMS
Seal 1940, is a hard-back book measuring 240 mm x 160 mm and containing
272 pages of exceedingly well-researched material.
The Northern Fleet Still Glows
In The Dark
A fourteen year old Russian attack submarine (SSN), the Victor III class
Tambov (K-448), suffered a leak in its nuclear reactor recently.
Apparently it was radioactive coolant. The leak was severe enough for
several sailors to be hospitalized. The incident occurred at the Russian
Northern Fleet sub base in Murmansk, on the Arctic coast, in late July.
The Russian navy reported that there was no "nuclear contamination of
the naval base," which local civilians interpret as meaning that the
radioactive material was confined to the sub. Apparently, the sailors
sent to the hospital, where just sent as a precaution, to make sure they
had not suffered any immediate, or lasting, harm. In 1989, a similar
leak aboard a Russian sub at sea, caused several serious casualties, and
some radioactive water was released into the ocean.
The Russian navy has a long history of nuclear accidents aboard its
submarines. Numerous sailors, suffering from radiation poisoning, were
treated at special hospitals in the Murmansk area. Locals liked to say
that, "you can always tell a man from the Northern Fleet, as he glows in
the dark." Dark humor like that, and poor morale among sub crews, led to
major improvements in the nuclear shielding, and reactor safety, on
Russian nuclear subs. But Russian safety standards are still below those
of Western navies operating nuclear subs.
New class of Spanish submarine.
A US company has been awarded a $73.8 million contract by Spanish
ship-builder Navantia to provide periscopes, optical imaging systems and
"hoistable masts" for the S-80 submarine program. "The advanced
submarine imaging systems represent the state of the art in design and
performance and will provide the Spanish fleet with 24-hour all-weather
capability," said Kollmorgen Electro-Optical President Michael Wall in a
UTC Power will develop a "proton exchange membrane" fuel cell, which
will produce electricity from ethanol and oxygen. The Spanish Navy has
commissioned four of the 2,400-ton S-80-class submarines for
construction in the coming years. An additional four could be ordered in
the future, the companies said.
Pakistan has no offensive
designs: President launches submarine
President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan follows a strategy of
defensive deterrence and does not have offensive designs against anyone.
He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the indigenously-built
Agosta 90-B submarine, now called ‘Hamza’. This submarine has given an
offensive punch to the navy.
U.S. Navy base to close in 2008
The U.S. Navy will close a nuclear submarine base on the Italian island
of Sardinia in the first half of 2008, the Italian Defense Ministry said
yesterday.The date was agreed on by the Italian and U.S. governments in
recent days, a ministry spokesman said. The two agreed in principle in
November to close the Maddalena base, which has been in operation since
the early 1970s. Environmentalists have complained for years that the
base is a hazard.
US fast-attack submariner has
been charged with spying
A 21-year-old sailor on a US fast-attack submarine has been charged with
spying for a country believed to be Russia, the US Navy said overnight.
The sailor was identified as Ariel Wienmann, a petty officer and fire
control technician aboard the USS Albuquerque. Charge sheets released by
the navy said Wienmann copied classified information while on the
submarine, stole a laptop and peddled classified information to foreign
agents in Manama, Vienna and Mexico City. The charge sheets do not
identify the country that Wienmann allegedly spied for, but a defense
official who asked not to be identified said, “They believe it was
Russia.” The official said the intelligence damage did not appear to be
A cool damp day so I suppose sitting here typing this
stuff is better than going out to fix the pool pump which has packed up.
Bloody seeds from the neighbours trees get in and seize the impellor and
I have o take it apart. Simple you may say, but remember, I was a
bright work and bilges Chief Stoker for a reason...........
I spent many hours yesterday updating
Buddies in Boats, I did not realise how far behind I was, but at
last all entries are now online. Still a heap of photos needed
though, so if you have not sent yours yet please get the digit out.
Lindsay Peck and Andy Armes were amongst the new entries and you have an
opportunity to see them both as young lads, scary!
I was reading some Minutes from recent AGMs and was very
disappointed at the extremely low numbers that have been attending or submitting an
apology. It is pathetic when you consider the size of our membership.
No wonder those that serve on Committees get frustrated and pack it in.
I know we all have other things on our plate, but so do the members of
he Committees that are elected at these AGMs, to look after the running
of YOUR Branch. To spare one day a year is not too much to ask and
at least then you can add your input to the future direction of the SAA.
Do the right thing, turn up at a meeting occasionally, you may even
enjoy it. Most branches encourage you to bring your partner so why
not give her/him a night out.
Now to get off my soap box and get on with this week's
Around the Traps
The Slops Van has supplied UK buyer, Tex Ranger (Ex Odin), with an
Australian Submarines shirt that he says he will wear with pride to his
Branch meeting a week on Sunday. Tex is the Treasurer of the Scottish
Branch of the Submariner Association.
Garry Bax sent out a message that made me jealous;
"Just to let you know that we will helping the
economy of the Cook Islands (especially the local brewery) 'till the
15th Aug. Lousy job but then, we are public spirited people. Please no
mail 'till then otherwise this poor old machine will suffer from clogged
insides and throw a tantrum.
Yours in bowls and fishing, Garry".
Victorian President Mike Bennett reports that an
ex-member of the Gosport Branch, John Hare (CPO MEM(M)) has
"Crossed the Bar on his Last Patrol", aged 61. John served in HMS Otter,
Trump, Opossum, Olympus and Onyx. Mike says that John was a Killick
Stoker the last time he across him in 1976, in Dolphin Spare Crew.
Kev O'Carroll from Helensburgh, Scotland said
"G'day from Scotland !! Having browsed your
website (excellent, by the way), I came across a note concerning the
promotion of LEUT Lance Cartledge. Would it be possible for you to pass
on a big "hello" to him, and forward my details if he'd care to get in
touch with me. Lance and I were buddies way back whenever in the
Periscope workshop at Faslane, and we lost touch about ten years ago,
long after he was well settled into Australian life, and I was embarking
on a new life running a pub! Many thanks in anticipation. Cheers!"
Peter Smith found this in the Monday 31 July issue of
the Daily Telegraph. “London: Britain is suffering a sperm donation
crisis due to the abolition of donor anonymity rights.” Peter asks
"Does this insinuate that British men are not a
pack of wankers?"
Des (Dick) Petty wrote "Hello
Norm, just a little info re the photo sent in by Ray Lawrence entitled
1970 Puerto Rico. The person sitting next to Johny Cornish is "Peewee"
Petherick and the person next to him is almost certainly Big Ned during
one of his beardless phases."
Just to remind you that sandy has a selection of his
works available for sale, great gifts, and these are on display in the
It is OK for a man to cry ONLY under the following
(a) When a heroic dog dies to save its master.
(b) The moment Angelina Jolie starts unbuttoning her blouse.
(c) After wrecking your wife's car.
(d) One hour, 12 minutes, 37 seconds into "The Crying Game".
(e) When she is using her teeth.
Lee Bond sent this
link to a Honda UK
commercial where an acappella choir provides all the sound effects for
the car. Absolutely brilliant.....turn your volume up ...
Thought for today... The older you
get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your
fat have gotten to be really good friends.
Mike Deeks CSC RAN (rtd)
Last month's Log contained the biography of our current Commodore
Australian Navy Submarine Group (CANSG), CDRE Rick Shalders CSC RAN.
This month I decided to see what the previous CANSG, Mike Deeks, has
been up to since he left the mob.
Commodore Deeks served some 32 years in the RAN in a
variety of operational and staff posts, culminating in his appointment
as CANSG and Senior Defence Officer, Western Australia in 2001. He
retired in 2005. Service included command of three submarines and the
Fleet Replenishment ship, HMAS SUCCESS. Awards include the Conspicuous
Service Cross for service as the Submarine Group Commander and Senior
Naval Officer, WA and the Australian Service Medal with Submarine
As a result of studies conducted while in the RAN Mike
is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds
both a Masters in Management and a Batchelor of Arts.
Mike is on the Governing Council of Challenger TAFE. The council
oversees the strategic directions and financial management for the
provision of vocational education and training. The Council is a 'body
corporate', with the power to do all that is necessary to fulfil its
functions under the VET Act. It is a self-governing statutory authority.
Members of the Council are appointed by the Minister for Education and
He is Vice Patron of the Australian American Association of WA, a
Councillor of the Royal United Services Institute of WA, a Governor of
the Leeuwin Ocean Adventures Foundation and former President and current
Board member of the Submarine Institute of Australia. Since retiring
from the Navy, he has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Nautronix
Ltd, a Fremantle based company involved in underwater technology. He is
also working with the WA Government to develop WA-based defence
industry. Commodore Deeks interests include ocean yacht racing, scuba
diving, kayaking and reading. He has completed numerous offshore yacht
races including four Sydney to Hobart Races.
Thought for today... When I'm
feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor's dog run to the
end of his chain and gag himself.
Why we Split up
She told me we couldn't afford beer anymore and I'd have to quit.
...Then I caught her spending $65.00 on make-up.
...And I asked how come I had to give up stuff and not her.
...She said she needed the make-up to look pretty for me.
...I told her that was what the beer was for.
I don't think she's coming back..........
Defence Motorcycle Awareness
Defence has approximately 5,000 riders across Australia. As part of this
$1.9 million campaign, licensed motorcycle riders - both ADF members and
Defence civilians - can access fully refundable advanced rider skills
courses once every three years. These courses will be run by
professional accredited training providers
Australia, and will help Defence people become safer and better riders.
It will also raise awareness among other road users - particularly those
around military bases - of motorcycles and scooters on our roads. By
heightening safety awareness and improving the skills of its riders,
Defence is investing in protecting its most important asset - its
Single ADF members will pay
less for Living-in Accommodation (LIA).
Defence has completed work on a new method for calculating the LIA
contribution paid by many single ADF members, resulting in members
paying less for their LIA this financial year. The new contribution
rates for LIA took effect from 27 July 2006. Members will see a
corresponding increase in their disposable income from 10 August 2006.
The new method applies the same principle already used to calculate
contributions paid by members with dependants who live in service
residences. The degree of difference between the LIA rates last
year and the rates this year is a result of the change to the new method
of calculating the rates. Contributions will fall for all members by
between $2.80 and $34.15 per week.
Thought for today... Birds of a
feather flock together and crap on your car.
Air Warfare Destroyer Systems
Centre opens in Adelaide
This centre will house Defence and industry participants who will work
together on the $4.5-6 billion Air Warfare
Program and bring the successful design to life.
is a unique arrangement in which the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance -
the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), ASC Shipbuilder Pty Ltd (the
shipbuilder) and Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd (the combat system systems
engineer) - will work with two competing ship designers in the one
building. There is an Alliance Board Charter which outlines
how all parties will work together, while maintaining healthy
competition between the two designers.
Both the existing design (based on the Navantia F100 in service with the
Spanish Navy) and evolved design by Gibbs & Cox, Inc. (based on the
Arleigh Burke Class destroyer in service with the US Navy and seen for
the first time today), will be developed by the AWD Alliance for
consideration by Government in the second half of 2007. This competitive
arrangement will ensure the Government gets the information it needs to
pick the best design to ensure the ADF gets the best possible
The decision to build these ships in Australia helps our economy, by
providing new, "smart" jobs in an industry that is strategically
important for Australia.
Once they are in service, our Air Warfare Destroyers will provide our
Navy with a significant new capability and will be uniquely suited to a
range of maritime operations, ranging from high intensity conflict to
border protection. In the words of Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, they will
provide "a protective bubble for whatever area they are working in".
Images of the two competing Designs for the Air Warfare Destroyer
Program can be found
Thought for today... He who
hesitates is probably right.
Owens, Treasurer of the
Institute Australia (SIA) reports that they will hold its third
biennial conference from 7-9 November 2006 at the Australian War
Memorial, Canberra. With the theme of "The Key Challenges in Achieving
an Underwater Warfare Capability to Meet Australia's Needs in the Period
2020-2050", the conference has an impressive array of Australian and
international speakers headed by the Minister for Defence. The six
sessions extend over Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th after an opening
Cocktail Party in Parliament House on Tuesday 7th.? The Conference
Dinner will be held in Anzac Hall, Australian War Memorial on Wednesday
evening underneath the Japanese midget submarine recovered after the
attack on Sydney Harbour and the Conference will be followed by the SIA
Annual General Meeting. The Conference addresses:
The Strategic Environment 2020; Australia's Underwater Warfare
Capability; Acquiring the Capability; AE2 Update; Shaping the Future
Climate; and Long Lead Activities.
US Sub damaged after
hitting tow line
A Trident submarine was damaged after snagging a tow line in
the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The USS Nevada was submerged when it
caught and severed a 500-foot line between the tugboat Phyllis
Dunlap and one of two barges being towed from Honolulu to Seattle
with a load of empty containers. Members of the sub's crew felt the
impact, and damage was found in a fiberglass part of the sail after
the vessel returned to its base on Hood Canal.
Outgoing admiral expresses
frustration over slow pace of submarine repairs
The retiring commander of Canada's East Coast fleet has expressed
frustration about the time it will take to return the fire-damaged
submarine HMCS Chicoutimi to service. At a change-of-command
ceremony in Halifax, Rear Admiral Dan McNeil said there's been a
great deal of second-guessing about the submarine program by
bureaucrats since a fire aboard the submarine killed Lieut. Chris
Saunders in October 2004.
McNeil says without four operational submarines the navy will not be
able to effectively patrol Canada's three oceans. In April, it was
announced Chicoutimi will not be repaired until 2010 - raising the
possibility the warship will never return to service. Senator
Colin Kenney, chairman of the standing committee on national
defence, says he's worried about the future of not only Chicoutimi,
but of the entire submarine program.
St Petersburg Shipyards
conducts sea trials of new diesel submarine
Admiralty Shipyards, a St. Petersburg-based company, said it had
started the second round of sea trials of a new diesel-electric
submarine. The Project 677 or Lada-class diesel submarine, was
designed by the Rubin design bureau and conducted factory sea trials
in December 2005.
The submarine, whose export version is known as the Amur 1650,
features a new anti-sonar coating for the hull, an extended cruising
range and advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine weaponry. A second
Lada-class submarine, the Kronshtadt, which is also the first in
production series, is being built at the shipyard and another
submarine, the Petrozavodsk, will be laid down in the near future,
the company said.
Admiralty Shipyards is a state-owned company that specializes in the
design, production and modernization of civil and naval surface
ships and submarines. Since 1910, the company has constructed 300
submarines (including 41 nuclear submarines) and 68 deep-diving and
underwater vehicles. It controls 15% of the global submarine sales
market. It has built Kilo-class submarines for India, China and
Greenies protest nuclear
submarine in Gibraltar
Members of the Verdemar ecologist group have complained about the
presence of a United States nuclear submarine on Gibraltar,
describing it as ‘a terrorist act and a floating bomb’. The USS
Memphis has been in waters of the Bay of Algeciras since Friday, for
a routine stop for shore leave, according to a British MOD
Come on Boof, lets go and clean the pool........