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Welcome to the Coxswain's Grot - Issue 105.

Fellow Submariners, welcome to another edition of the Grot. We hope you find it informative and mildly amusing and a mandatory six pack and cut lunch for this one.


Submarine News
Peter Dutton remains silent on full-cycle docking plan
Broome Advertiser (Licensed by Copyright Agency) - 15 August 2021
":"The Federal Government has been sitting on advice from the Defence Department about whether or not to locate ...
docking is an extensive upgrade and refit program that includes the Collins class submarines being cut in half to remove the main motor and
South Korea displays capability to develop nuclear-powered submarines
The Korea Times - 15 August 2021
The Republic of Korea Navy's first 3,000-ton submarine made with local technology, the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, docked at the Okpo Shipyard of ...
-ton nuclear-powered submarines in the near future. A graphic of the Republic of Korea Navy's first 3,000-ton submarine made with local
A more reasonable model for submarines rescues seat strength analysis
Science Direct - 15 August 2021
Highlights • To increase the safety of submarines sailing, the strength of their rescue seats should be analyzed. • The current analysis ...
are described. The stress state results in a Kobben-class submarine rescue seat obtained based on FEM simulations for a submersion depth of
Navy’s Submarine Rescue Unit airlifted to search for Army helicopter that crashed in Ranjit Sagar Dam
The Tribune - 14 August 2021
Dhruv helicopter from an Army Aviation Corps squadron based at Pathankot had taken off on a routine sortie when it crashed into the dam
had crashed into the Ranjit Sagar Dam on August 3 by flying in a Submarine Rescue Unit of Indian Navy to the crash site near Kathua in Jammu
Another key defence business sold off as Babcock offloads consultancy
MSN - Australia - 14 August 2021
The defence giant is selling Frazer-Nash Consultancy to American aerospace group KBR in a deal worth nearly £300m. It comes amid a wave of ...
as Babcock International offloaded a consultancy that does work on nuclear submarines and weaponry for Royal Navy warships. The defence
ROK Navy Commissions Her First KSS III Submarine
Naval News - 14 August 2021
South Korea commissioned its first Dosan Ahn Changho-class (KSS III program) submarine today. ROKS Dosan Ahn Chang-ho (SS-083) was built by ...
. The crew consists of 50 sailors. KSS-III Batch 1 submarines are fitted with eight 533-mm torpedo tubes as well as 6x VLS (vertical launch
Turkey's STM Reveals Design of 540-ton Mini Attack Submarine
Defense World - 13 August 2021
STM500 mini-attack submarine. Via Turkish media. Turkey’s defense firm STM revealed a conceptual design of STM500, a 540-ton mini attack ...
with hull-mounted or towed sonar, especially in shallow waters and offshore areas with islets. The feature of this submarine is that it can
Why the Future Submarine Program needs a truly national supply chain
Defence Connect - 13 August 2021
The Future Submarine Program is the biggest defence procurement in Australian history, and their construction must be a truly national ...
for the future, while also meeting the exacting standards that the Future Submarine Program demands. Giving the Future Submarine Program a
Target Taiwan? Unusual Feature In Chinese Type039A Submarine Rings Alarm Bells
International Business Times - 12 August 2021
China's recent attempts to reconfigure its Type 039A diesel-powered submarines towards creating a more stealthy variant hint at the nation' ...
by Eric Genevelle, a French submarine encyclopedia author, and Richard W. Stirn, a former sonar technician submariner, which stated that the
Chinese scientists say their model can predict dangerous 'internal waves' in Andaman Sea
South China Morning Post - Online - 12 August 2021
Chinese scientists say their model can predict dangerous 'internal waves' in Andaman Sea
team. This understanding could potentially help to improve submarine safety and combat capabilities like communication, target tracking and
British nuclear submarine arrives in South Korea
UK Defence Journal - Impartial and Current - 12 August 2021
An Astute class submarine, part of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Carrier Strke Group, has docked in Busan, South Korea. The below images were taken ...
have provision for up-to 38 weapons in six 21-inch torpedo tubes. The submarines are capable of using Tomahawk Block IV land-attack missiles
US Navy awards L3Harris Technologies $393 Million Undersea Training Range Contract
L3Harris Technologies - 11 August 2021
MELBOURNE, Fla. — The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) a $393 million contract to install increments II and III of the Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR). L3Harris is also Lanyards Sponsor for SubSTEC6
Construction begins on new rescue ship for Republic of China Navy - Baird Maritime
Baird Maritime - 11 August 2021
Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation has begun construction of a new rescue and salvage ship for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN).The DP ...
Korean Navy submarine rescue ship contract Construction begins on Sunstone cruise ship Spain approves construction of new submarine rescue
Defence spending must shore up national security
The Australian (Licensed by Copyright Agency) - 10 August 2021
A decade ago, discussion about Chinas capacity to strike Australia militarily would have seemed too surreal for much of the nation, including most politicians, to contemplate seriously. In the regions current strategic climate, however, a new Lowy ...
A decade ago, discussion about Chinas capacity to strike Australia militarily would have seemed too surreal for much of the nation, including most politicians, to contemplate seriously. In the regions current strategic climate, however, a new Lowy ...
Navantia Conducts Spanish Submarine S-81 “Isaac Peral” Combat System Trials
Naval News - 9 August 2021
The official qualification tests of the first version of the Integrated Combat System Core (ICSC), intended to be installed on board the S- ...
In addition, during last July, the boarding works of the submarine’s Attack Periscope were carried out, and the corresponding consoles were
Troubled naval shipbuilding projects set to prompt another Defence Department shake-up
MSN - Australia - 9 August 2021
A major overhaul of the Defence Department is looming as government frustration grows over delays and cost blowouts associated with ...
is now considered to be running late, including the $90 billion future submarines project and the $45 billion development of a fleet of
Chinese Nuclear Submarines “Track” Britain’s New Aircraft Carrier Across the Pacific | United Kingdom
FR24 News - 8 August 2021
But they were detected by anti-submarine sonar operators aboard the frigates protecting the Carrier Strike Group. Two 7,000-ton Shang-class ...
time before being located by sonar radar. “Beijing is using technology to locate our positions, but is deploying submarines to bolster its
Australia joins world powers to mobilise against Beijing in South China Sea
Gold Coast Bulletin (Licensed by Copyright Agency) - 8 August 2021
Beijing, be warned. Germany’s sending a frigate. The UK has an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. Australia’ ...
.com/ljTHmoULPB All three of its advanced Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarines slipped into the Pacific at the same time last month.
We have a rich history of defence equipment stuff-up, and it’s growing
The Australian - 8 August 2021
At a recent Defence conference in Canberra, a relaxed-looking Peter Dutton was asked how he would fast-track the acquisition of new capabilities for the Australian Defence Force to meet growing strategic challenges posed by China.
At a recent Defence conference in Canberra, a relaxed-looking Peter Dutton was asked how he would fast-track the acquisition of new capabilities for the Australian Defence Force to meet growing strategic challenges posed by China.
New submarine hints at China's search for stealth ahead of potential Taiwan war: analysts
South China Morning Post - Online - 8 August 2021
New submarine hints at China's search for stealth ahead of potential Taiwan war: analysts
Eric Genevelle, a French submarine encyclopaedia author, and Richard W. Stirn, a former sonar technician submariner working for the United
New doubts over ageing submarines after floods, fire onboard
The Australian Financial Review - 6 August 2021
One of the Navy’s ageing Collins class submarines flooded twice in the weeks leading up to an electrical fire on board that has taken it out of action for months. In response to Labor questions on notice asked at Senate estimates, the Defence Department ...
One of the Navy’s ageing Collins class submarines flooded twice in the weeks leading up to an electrical fire on board that has taken it out of action for months. In response to Labor questions on notice asked at Senate estimates, the Defence Department .
Naval Group announces new $1m work package
Australian Defence Magazine - 5 August 2021
Naval Group Australia has announced $1 million in new opportunities for local suppliers to participate in the Attack Class project, ...
Russian nuclear submarine lost propulsion in Danish waters, sails submerged outside Norway now
The Barents Observer - 4 August 2021
Danish Navy describes the situation as “dramatic” as the giant Oscar-II class submarine “Orel” drifted with 1,5 knots towards the island of ...
old Oscar-II class submarine is powered with two nuclear reactors and is normally armed with cruise missiles and torpedoes. The class is
Attack Class submarine project to provide training for women in welding
Manufacturers Monthly - 4 August 2021
Naval Group Australia has developed a new program that aims to boost female participation in the Attack Class submarine project, through ...
Local industry invited to deliver bespoke support for SEA 1000
Defence Connect - 4 August 2021
New supply opportunities are being offered to local firms interested in supporting the development of Navy’s future Attack Class submarines ...
Australian Defence Business Review - 3 August 2021
We have people, we have machines. What’s missing?
. Similarly, issue-oriented groups such as the Submarine Institute of Australia or the Sir Richard Williams Foundation provide informative
Submarine Isaac Peral Receives Attack Periscope
SeaWaves - 3 August 2021
The S-81 submarine that Navantia is building in Cartagena for the Navy already has the attack periscope and is preparing the ignition of ...
Sistemas. In parallel, Navantia is already preparing the submarine for the next safety milestone, which will take place in the last quarter
Russian Navy submarine dives to great depths in Baltic drills
TASS Russia News Agency - 3 August 2021
According to the Baltic Fleet’s press office, during the shipborne exercise, the crew of the diesel-electric submarine practiced tasks at ...
and advanced missile and torpedo armaments. The Krasnodar sub is designed for fighting surface ships and submarines, laying minefields and
Skipper: Docs show no coverup in submarine sinking - KESQ
KESQ TV-3 - 2 August 2021
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The release of about 3,000 pages of documents delving into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history has not ...
of their dire situation. At one point, a message from the submarine to a rescue ship referred to “900 north” suggesting the sub was 900 feet
Naval Group Australia launches new program to boost female participation
Defence Connect - 2 August 2021
Naval Group Australia with support from the South Australian state government’s Skilling South Australia Initiative and the Adelaide ...
years and decades, as the Future Submarine Program continues to expand,” she said. Vice president future submarine program at Naval Group
Australia on the road to Glasgow and beyond
Defence Connect - 2 August 2021
Can climate change solutions also be defence capability solutions? Former RAN Officer Christopher Skinner examines the link between ...
turn give rise to the development of the nuclear industry we need for Australia’s future submarines to be nuclear-powered. QED as they say.



The Submarine Institute normally contain all related issues WRT Collins but I note in the media last week that a fire occurred on Rankin but could not get the whole story. Our SAA WA President has cleared this up with the following:
Mate the fire of Rankin was a non event, it was an electrical contractor that tuned for smoke, a simple defect with zero impact on the boats operation.
It is a SOP to alert the local Fire Brigade for any incident that releases smoke when on a port visit these days.
I know I harp on this subject but we need to get more Collins Crews past and present involved in the SAA. For our Members in WA and SA especially, you probably live next door to a Collins Class Submariner and get the word out to them. They are our future and there is so much to offer with membership.

Who better than our National Historian to give a informative overview on VP day (victory in the pacific) which occurred on the 15th of this month.
Preview to Victory in the Pacific History by Theodore Roscoe.
The submarine forces in the Pacific “got in there” and fought. The Manila boats diverted the enemy’s naval vanguard, harried the flanks of the Japanese Second Fleet, and impeded the drive on the Netherlands East Indies. Pearl Harbor submarines joined battle in the Central Pacific, patrolled the line extending from Australia to the Aleutians, drove over the East China Sea and cut the shipping lanes to Japan.
With mid-Pacific bases lost, with Asiatic bases lost, with air cover lost, the Pacific Fleet immobilized, supplies cut off, spare parts lost, Manila torpedoes captured, reinforcements and replacements leagues away, with all these disadvantages, the submariners entered the conflict and kept on going.
They kept on going, despite the fact the enemy had the initiative. The fact that the S-boats were old and the enemy destroyers new, that operational plans, like repairs, had to be improvised, that Japanese anti-submarine tactics were a mystery to be solved by trial and error, that Japanese bombs were known to contain an explosive charge greater than any at the time developed by the Allies. The submariners kept on going despite and unreliable weapon. Loss of forward bases, fleet support, repair facilities and stores, these never imperiled the submarines as did torpedo failure. And for two years American submarines went into action handicapped by a defective torpedo!
A picture containing text, bookDescription automatically generatedIn spite of all this and all other handicaps, the submariners led the United States offensive. Through reeling winter seas and the burnished waters of the tropics, through berserk typhoons, artic storms of white wickedness and foaming venom, steaming equatorial calms, blazing days, impenetrable nights, through ocean deeps blank with silence, through waters blasted by depth charges and air bombs, the US submarines carried the fight to the enemy. From the glacial coasts of Greenland to the boiling shoals of the South Seas they fought the two-ocean war. They aided in the defence of Midway and battled the foe in the Aleutians. They helped to parry the enemy’s thrust at Guadalcanal. They blockaded the ports of the Japanese Home Empire. Cut the sea lanes to the China Coast and the Mandates, to Malaya, the Netherlands East Indies and New Guinea. Laid mines. Reconnoitered for air strikes. Rescued refugees. Served as lifeguards. Struck the Imperial Navy some of the hardest blows it ever received. Swept the merchant fleets of the Rising Sun from the Central and South-west Pacific. Penetrated the Sea of Japan. And finally halted (presumably for the lack of wheels) at the beachheads of Kyushu, Shikoku, Hokkaido and Honshu.
Above all, the US submarines accomplished the No.1 mission of submarining. They sunk ships!
In indelible testimony to the ruthless efficiency and superb valor of the U.S. Submarine Force. Composed of no more than 1.6% of the Navy’s personnel, this incomparable service arm accounted for 73% of Japanese ship losses from all causes during the first two years of the Pacific War. The final score, verified by post-war inquest, credits U.S. submarines with sinking 54.7% of Japanese merchantmen and 29% of Japanese naval vessels sunk in World War II.
Excerpt from the “United States Submarine Operations in World War II” by Theodore Roscoe   ISBN 0-87021-731-3
At the end of the Second World War, Britain and the Commonwealth had been at war for six long years less a day. The last sunset ceremony having been carried out on the evening of 2 September 1939, Admiral Fraser ordered the resumption of the sunset routines as from 2 September 1945. Allied and commonwealth flags were flying from the fore and yardarms (of the British Flagship HMS Duke of York) with the commander-in-chief’s flag at the masthead and the white ensign at the gaff. When Admiral Fraser arrived the quartermaster reported “Sunset, Sir”.
The still sounded, The Royal Marine guard presented arms and the band played, ‘The day thou gavest Lord is ended’, interspersed with the sunset call as only Royal Marine buglers know how. For the first time in six bitter years the white ensign came down. Many, perhaps most, had never before savoured the magic of this moment when the busy life of a warship is hushed and the evening comes. Others of us, standing at the salute, were in tears as we remembered those who would never again see colours in the morning or hear the bugles sound the sunset at Dusk. As the white ensign came into the hands of our Chief yeoman and the carry-on sounded we realised that on board all the great ships around us every activity had stopped, their sailors facing towards the British flagship saluting us.
From “The Man Around the Engine”, by Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly KBE CB OBE DL RN (Rtd)     
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Card from the collection of Peter Smith.     
A Nesting Falcon (beautiful)
 It is a beautiful sight to see one nesting high up in a majestic Eucalyptus tree!
I've seen many remarkable nature photographs over the years but this photo of a
nesting falcon in an old tree is perhaps the most remarkable nature shot that I've ever seen.
Please send this to your Aussie older friends, since the younger ones probably have never seen such a falcon and wouldn't recognize it. 

Peter has submitted some funnies as well contained at the link below. Being ever so careful and in accordance with LGBTIQ+ and COVID, I am mindful of this and if you think I’m serious you don’t know #6.

All quiet but the wheels are still turning at the highest level (Government, Navy, Council and Parks). She is still upright with pumps running 24/7 at Victorian Maritime expense. RADM PD Briggs (RAN Ret) has taken a step back after his hard work to get the vessel upright and COVID does not make it easy to establish some resolve.
I draw your attention to a post on Facebook at the National Vice Presidents request to the SAA Administrator. For those that have grievances WRT the issue and the way Otama is being handled for God’s sake air it verbally not on Facebook. It appears that the custodian has got himself a Solicitor (probably a retired old wingsy bash from Hastings RSL) but he obviously has his finger on it, and has drafted letters with names and exerts from Facebook to our SAA Secretary.

Project Touchstone AE1 – Conserving AE1 Artefacts for Future Generations

The team which led the successful search for HMAS AE1 are developing Project Touchstone AE1, to recover and conserve selected, emblematic artefact – something easily recognisable and associated with AE1.  This will improve current and future generations’ access to the story of AE1, preserve them from loss to the sea or trophy hunters and provide the centre piece ‘touchstone’ of a future commemorative display in the Australian War memorial in Canberra
Project Touchstone AE1 has the endorsement of the RAN’s Chief of Navy, subject to appropriate stakeholder agreement of a detailed wreck management plan outlining the future management of the wreck and the recovery of the item if practical.
The Project is at the Concept Development Phase, as we identify a specific artefact for recovery, start discussions with subsea engineering companies operating in Australia/PNG to develop an understanding of the techniques and budget required.
This document is intended to provide early advice of the Project to potential stake holders and interest groups, prior to publicly launching the Project, to give these groups an opportunity to voice their response to the proposed recovery operations.
We wish to explain what is intended and address any concerns these groups may have.
Any recovery will be conducted in accordance with the UNESCO 2001 Underwater Heritage Convention and overseen by experienced maritime archaeologists, Mr Tim Smith OAM, Director of Heritage Operations, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and Dr James Hunter, RAN Curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum (both involved in previous AE1 and AE2 programmes). 
Work is in hand to have the Project agreed by the Australian War Memorial, Royal Australian Navy and Australian National Maritime Museum and approved by the Australian and PNG Governments.  It will be conducted in accordance with an AE1 Heritage Management Plan being developed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE), which has responsibility for regulating the nation’s underwater heritage.
Great care will be taken to minimise collateral damage on the wreck site.
We understand this is the last resting place of her crew and will proceed with that sensitivity foremost in our minds to ensure the integrity as a grave site is not undermined.  
All arrangements to conserve the artefact recovered will be in place before the recovery and will be overseen by Dr Ian MacLeod, an internationally recognised expert in such matters (Dr MacLeod led the efforts to preserve AE2 and was a team member for the AE1 search and examination).
The wreck is in an aggressive, tropical maritime environment, with strong seasonal currents, carrying ash from nearby volcanoes which have prevented the formation of any protective concretion.  It has a finite life which will vary for individual components; the average corrosion rates are about 5 times higher than that of AE2 in the Sea of Marmara.  
The reality is that within the next 25 - 50 years only massive iron fittings such as thrust blocks, the propellers and the propeller shafts will remain, along with the outline of the diesel engines and generators for battery charging etc, these will be shadows of their former massive natures. The artefacts being considered, such as the periscopes above the fin, bridge helm and engine room telegraph will not survive unless they are removed and conserved.
As an important stakeholder I will be firstly addressing any concerns that you have and then asking for your written endorsement (or not) of this as a concept prior to any official launch.  If you endorse the concept we will launch the project and keep you informed at every step as we lock down the detailed planning and produce the wreck management plan.

Fig 1 - Fin tilted forward into the wreckage of the control room showing Aft Periscope and Engine Room Telegraph, Bridge Helm mounted on the Forward Periscope. Images are courtesy of Paul G. Allen, Find AE1, ANMM, and Curtin University.  © Navigea Ltd.

Fig 2 - Port Propeller showing stern gland, shaft and A Bracket. Images are courtesy of Paul G. Allen, Find AE1, ANMM, and Curtin University.  © Navigea Ltd.
These images are from the 2018 baseline survey by the RV Petrel.   I include them to give you an idea of what is being proposed as options and to gauge from your reaction whether we should embark on what could be a challenging and expensive journey.
I seek your support for proceeding with Project Touchstone AE1 to recover and conserve selected artefacts from AE1 before they are lost to the sea or trophy hunters and would be happy to clarify any concerns you may have.
Peter Briggs AO (Mil) OAM CSC
Rear Admiral RAN Retired
Chairman Australian E Class Foundation
The Australian E Class Submarine Foundation (AESMF) Ltd is a not-for-profit, limited by guarantee company operated by volunteers, to protect, preserve and tell the stories of Australia’s first submarines, HMAS AE1 and AE2. 
This same team has successfully run projects to protect, preserve and tell the story of AE2 (Project Silent Anzac) and the successful search for AE1, (Finding The Men of AE1).  
Further information is available on the AESMF’s website:
On receipt of this information I rang Peter and asked about our RN Comrades as the crew on AE1 was almost 50/50 - RAN/RN and he agreed to have this disseminated to RN stakeholders in Australia who have close contact with the RN Submarine Community and Mike Bennett has taken to task and will forward this information to UK.
I think PD still regrets approving my transfer of category from MT to Coxswain but he is always happy to take a call and respond to an email. SAA National Vice Dave Strangward has agreed that we provide a coordinated response to this initiative and request that any concerns or issues WRT to this be forward to the Webmaster and the Author. If nothing heard over the next week or so, I will take this as a supportive for the Operation and forward to Peter Briggs accordingly (through Nat Exec) that the SAA fully supports it. Hopefully the RN Association will do the same.


Nothing from Mick Wood this fortnight (change of guard with DVA Ministers) but some informative information from our contributors:
Disability Pension changes
2 August 2021
From 1 January 2022, pending passage of legislation, the DVA Disability Pension will be removed from the income test for Social Security payments.
This will simplify the way income support payments are calculated, indexed, and administered by DVA and Services Australia. The initiative will exempt the Disability Pension from the Social Security Act 1991 income test and the rent assistance test under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.
As part of these changes Disability Pension will be re-named ‘Disability Compensation Payment’ to better reflect the nature of the payment.
The Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) will no longer be paid because the Disability Pension will not reduce income support payments from Centrelink and Age Pension from DVA. These payments to affected Disability Pension recipients and their partners may increase.
DVA Disability Pension will no longer affect the Rent Assistance of Service Pension, Income Support Supplement and Veteran Payment recipients.
This means that Disability Pension recipients and their partners may receive increased Rent Assistance payments, or receive Rent Assistance for the first time if they are renting privately.
DVA will contact you towards the end of 2021 if you may become entitled to Rent Assistance to invite you to update your accommodation details so that your Rent Assistance is calculated on up to date information. You can update your details online using MyService via myGov. If this is not possible, you can contact DVA via phone 1800 VETERAN or email. You will need to provide evidence of the rent you pay.
Rent Assistance is payable to Service Pension, Income Support Supplement and Veteran Payment recipients who pay rent of more than the rent threshold of, as at 1 July 2021, $125.80 (singles) and $203.60 (couples combined) per fortnight.
You cannot receive Rent Assistance if you live in state or territory government public housing.
If you or your partner already receive Rent Assistance with a Family Tax Benefit payment from Services Australia, you will not be eligible for Rent Assistance from DVA as well.
For more information, go to the DVA website's Rent Assistance and DFISA pages (on introduction of legislation). More information will be provided in the next edition of Vetaffairs


On 11 August 1966, a peace treaty was signed between the Indonesian and Malaysian governments, bringing to an end the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the Confrontation was an undeclared war that began in 1962 involving New Zealand, Britain, and troops from Australia arriving in Borneo from March 1965.
“This year marks 55 years since the end of the Confrontation,” Minister Gee said.
“Malaya gained independence from the British in 1957 and the expectation from the Malayan Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, and from the British, was for North Borneo to join Malaya in a new federation of Malaysia.”
The conflict had a focus on whether the former British colonies of Sabah and Sarawak which bordered Indonesian provinces on Borneo, would become part of Indonesia or of the newly federated Malaysia.
The Confrontation began in December 1962 with an attempted coup in North Borneo by pro-Sukarno rebels known as the Kalimantan National Army who tried to capture the Sultan of Brunei.
In 1962 northern Borneo was made up of the British controlled Brunei and the colonies of Sarawak and North Borneo (now known as Sabah). The rest of the island was made up of Indonesian provinces of Kalimantan.
Australian forces became involved in the conflict through our membership in the Far East Strategic Reserve and fought as part of a larger British and Commonwealth force under British command. 
“During the conflict, Australia provided training and supplies to Malaysian troops, along with a number of Royal Australian Navy vessels to patrol the area,” Minister Gee said.
“On the 11th of August, the Last Post at the Australian War Memorial will feature Private Victor Herbert Richards of the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
“Private Richards was wounded in action in a firefight in Sarawak, Borneo on 15 June 1966. He was evacuated by stretcher at night to a jungle heli-pad and evacuated by RAF helicopter the following morning. He tragically died of his wounds in hospital on 20 June, aged 24.”
The Indonesian forces supported the coup leader, Sheikh A.M. Azahari. Although the coup itself was quickly suppressed by British and Ghurkha soldiers, armed incursions from the Indonesian side of the border into northern Borneo continued, and Indonesian soldiers began to join Azahari's supporters.
On 11 August 1966 Indonesian President Suharto signed a peace treaty with Malaysia. The treaty recognised that the North Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak would continue to be part of the Malaysian Federation.
“Tragically, 23 Australians were amongst the 114 Commonwealth serving members who lost their lives in the Confrontation. A further eight Australians were wounded,” Minister Gee said.
“I urge all Australians to pause for a moment today to remember the selfless service, courage and sacrifice of those who fought in the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation, and those who gave their lives in service of our nation.”
For more information, visit 
Ten thousand veterans with complex mental health needs will have access to a network of qualified GPs nationwide, following the expansion of support provided by the Australian Government.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Andrew Gee today announced the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program has been expanded to provide additional support for DVA White Card holders with an accepted mental health condition.
“The Australian Government already provides free mental health care to anyone who has served one day in uniform,” Minister Gee said. “This program goes a step further in providing dedicated and coordinated care to veterans with chronic conditions and complex care needs.
“No two veterans have had the same experience while in service, and their level of health care requirements and support should reflect these differences. The CVC Program aims to specifically support each participant based on their individual needs.
“Expanding the program means veterans with complex mental health needs can access this life saving support through their local GP.
“Our country asks so much of our men and women in uniform. In return, Australia needs to ensure they have the best care possible we can provide once their service concludes. This further mental health support is a very welcome and positive development.”
Previously open only to DVA Gold Card holders, the CVC Program engages General Practitioners and practice nurses to provide veterans in need with a multi-disciplinary care team, who develop and deliver comprehensive care plans to suit the individual needs of each veteran.
“The CVC program has proven to be effective in reducing unplanned hospitalisation and improving the quality of life for veterans in need of critical mental health care,” Minister Gee said.
“I am pleased that 4,888 GPs are already providing services to veterans and their families through the CVC program, and I would encourage GPs around Australia who are not in the program already to consider joining.
“The Australian Government is focused on addressing veteran mental health and suicide prevention within the Defence and veteran community.  Expanding this program to Veteran White Card holders provides veterans with complex needs with the support they require to receive the best possible medical treatment.”
White Card holders need to have an accepted chronic mental health condition and meet the other eligibility criteria of the CVC Program.  For more information on the CVC Program and eligibility visit
Spoke to our own Bishop Keith (Frank) Dalby twice this fortnight, first time he was in Renmark at the pub of course and having dinner and a cheeky chardonnay. Just made it back to Adelaide before lockdown and probably spending his days on computer till this beast is eradicated. Told him that Snowy remains with his Brother and who knows when we can celebrate his life. My can of Tooheys old is rusting but Snowy has a smile on his face with South Sydney in the race for the final.
On another note, I asked for advice how to handle a request from Scotty Kirkwood’s Daughter and his whereabouts? She hass not seen nor heard from him in years and informs me that he served on Ovens in the 70’s and 80’s. The name sort of rings a bell but I am not keen on passing information unless it is confirmed. Anyone like me (who served on Ovens) in that time frame let me know as it has the potential to be sensitive if he has crossed he bar.
The Coach: Lessons for Life

At one point during a game, the coach 
called one of his 9-year-old baseball players aside 
and asked, “Do you understand what co-operation is? What a team is?” 

“Yes, coach,” replied the little boy.

“Do you understand that what matters is whether we win or lose together, as a team?” 

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

“So,” the coach continued, “I’m sure you know, 
when an out is called, you shouldn't argue, or curse,
or attack the umpire, or call him an asshole. 
Do you understand all that?” 

Again, the little boy nodded in the affirmative.

The coach continued, “And when I take you out of the game 
so that another boy gets a chance to play,
we don’t call that 'a dumbass decision' or 
or that it means that the coach is 'a shithead', right??” 

“Yes, coach.” 

“Good”, said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your grandmother.” 

Hi No.6
Attached are some photos of a commemorative biscuit tin recently put out by Cripps Bakery - a Tasmanian bread and biscuit maker who are celebrating the honouring of the bestowal of the VC to the late Teddy Sheean. Teddy Sheean hailed from Latrobe (near Devonport) in the north of Tasmania. Well done to the Tasmanian RSL, family members and others who campaigned the Federal Government who at first refused the honour persistence paid off.
An interesting one from Sandy Freeleagus
Hi #6
Thought I'd drop in this snippet of information.
I watched the internet where it was noticed that when whaling was at its height, the oceans were dying.  
When whaling was banned, and the whale population increased, the oceans improved dramatically.  Some scientists decided to find out why.  (Obviously went to the heads without a newspaper or dirty book and came up with this brilliant idea while they just sat there).
Now whales feed on plankton and krill (unless you are a sperm whale - the only whale with teeth - they also have a tongue 8' long and breathe through a hole on the top of their head - lucky lady whales).  Krill and plankton live in the deep, dark, cold depths of the oggin, so whales have to go deep for scran.  They then have to come to periscope depth (to the surface photic zone where the water is warm and lots of light for photosynthesis) to snort and after a good feed, let it rip.
Now whales poop in great masses of faecal plumes (poo-tsunamis, poo-avalanches) that are full of iron and nitrogen that is not present in the deep depths where the krill and plankton live.  This poo plume fertilises plant and fish life in the surface areas of the oggin and mixes with the surrounding warm waters.  The whales then go deep, do angles and dangles from periscope depth to crush depth mixing this fertilised water with that in the deep, thereby enhancing and feeding the krill and plankton which multiplies millions-fold, which in turn, provides a food chain for all other fish species.. Nature in progress.
So it stands to reason that submarines are essential to the well being of our stuffed-up planet, as every time we went to periscope depth and bllew sewerage tanks, we were, in fact, saving the world. 
So instead of local councils abusing us, they should've been applauding us.
I rest my case.
Sandy 257
Good morning,

An update on Sub Base Platypus from Ken Williams.
To prepare for the next stage of renewal at Sub Base Platypus, the Torpedo Factory Renewal Project, the Harbour Trust is temporarily relocating a number of the site’s heritage artefacts.
Periscope racks will be moved from the Torpedo Factory to Cockatoo Island where they will be restored by the Harbour Trust Volunteer Team. Several lockers from the men’s and women’s locker rooms will also be relocated and temporarily stored on Cockatoo Island. Relocation of both the periscope racks and lockers will take place on Thursday 26 August 2021 between 7am and 2pm.
Following the completion of works, the heritage artefacts will be returned to Sub Base Platypus and displayed as part of the approach to interpreting the site’s multi-layered history.

Take care, stay safe,

Good afternoon,

FHSM Newsletter from Helen Wyatt.
To all FHSM Members
 Evening all.
 On behalf of Thor Lund, please find attached the August/Septembers newsletter.
 Please note that the FHSM AGM is on Thursday 14th October at 1900 via Zoom.  Instructions on joining the meeting are on P2.
 Hope you enjoy the latest edition of the newsletter.
The Reasons We Had to Have Lockdowns
 Before we get too hung up on blaming the state govt, or the federal govt, or China for our covid situation let's review some facts about the last 18 months in Australia :
 1. We had to bring in mandatory quarantining in hotels because we couldn't trust people to stay home after returning from overseas.
 2. We then had to bring in security, because we couldn't trust people to stay in those hotels.
 3. We then had to bring in ADF, because we couldn't trust the security guards not to have sex with those in quarantine in the hotels.
 4. We had to get the police to door knock and check up on people because we couldn't trust those who were meant to be self-isolating to actually stay at home.
 5. We also have to have police and ADF reinforce the metropolitan Melbourne zone and now Sydney and state borders, because we can't trust people to follow the restrictions.
 6. We are now being asked to use masks because we cannot trust people to social distance when they are in public.
 7. Through it all, our supermarkets have had to introduce shopping restrictions because we couldn't trust people not to take more than what they needed.
 8. In Sydney they've had to close down streets, suburbs, and freeways with army trucks because people can't be trusted to stay at home. Instead, they want to go to beach parties in Newcastle.
So we can get as mad as we want at politicians or health officials for imposing restrictions, or the country where the virus originated, but essentially it's our own fault that we find ourselves here.
 Selfishness, entitlement and a lack of empathy seems to be as much of a disease as covid itself in Australia.
 The quicker people start following directions, the quicker this situation will improve and our businesses can start to grow again. ????
Ray Payne OAM
To:  Rocky Mountain
Photo’s  1 & 2 – Intake Juliet of Submarines 1968 –Photo 1  Hats on – Photo 2 Hats Off
I have done my best to assign names – remember these photo’s are nearly half a century old – also excuse any spelling errors.
Front Row – Left to Right:   A.B Brent, Stoker Burridge, Stoker Wright, Greenie Quealy, Stoker Peters, Pommie Instructor, Steward VanBerg, Stoker Mees, R.O Law, R.O Penny
Back Row – Left to Right: Stoker Hatrack, Stoker Ellard, Stoker Trewin, A.B O’Neil, Stoker Hamilton, Stoker Birrell, Stoker Bryan, Stoker Butler, Stoker Saltmarsh, R.O Salvester, Stoker Clarke
Two-thirds of the intake were Stokers.  They must have been running short.  It must have been warmer with hats on – few smiles on the troops.
Photo 3 – Otway Afterends crew 1969/70
Four Stokers from photo’s 1 & 2 – also present Polly Llyod, Rabbi Burns, Our steward mate Donny Fleet, Bobby the Greenie, Nosmo sitting next to Boycee.
I thought this photo was a run-ashore in Appollo Bay – however, Terry Wyatt (Coyote) advised his missus took this photo on our run-ashore in Newcastle.
Photo 4 – Buddies on Boats
Having not been in touch for 30 odd years Stoker and Nosmo ‘shoot the breeze’ at the Coffs Harbour 2010 Sub Con.
Photo 5 – Is a sketch of the Ovens 1973 Programme on Top
The sketch was given to me by John Buckliegh, who at the time was Kellick Stoker and Mess Deck Kellick.
The artwork was performed by Bill Bacon.
Those who didn’t serve, and share the hardships will never know the strength of the ‘bonds of friendship’ which tie us all together.
Stoker (Roger) SALTMARSH.






The Author even had the T Shirt but not for the Grot unfortunately but is was bloody funny,

Indian warship docks in UK for exercise with Royal Navy over I-Day weekend | India News - Times of India 
India Is Set to Rent Additional Russian Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarines | The National Interest
South Korean navy commissions first KSS-III-class, SLBM-capable submarine 
Royal Navy 'HMS Portland' Completed Sea Trials With Ultra's 2150 Hull-Mounted Sonar - Naval News
   Astute-class submarine arrives in South Korea as part of UK carrier strike group
Navantia Conducts Spanish Submarine S-81 “Isaac Peral” Combat System Trials - Naval News
Most of them at this link ( but just a couple to wet your appitite.
Marital Bliss

Laughter is the best medicine! Here’s a good dose.

And that wraps it up for another fortnight. Please take care of you and Family and stay safe from this rabid monster upon us. VMT to our contributors keeping us on depth and some items are stowed for sea and will finally open up.

Shut and Clipped for this week

Yours Aye 
Greg Jones #6
0432 559 283
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