Submarines Association Australia

Submariners worldwide are a special breed, rarely understood by mere mortals and never understood by skimmers. Submariners of all nations understand this and show respect to each other, knowing the hardship and danger that each has faced to achieve membership to that elite club to which they belong.

The Association's aims and goals are: 

•To keep alive the unique "esprit  de corps" of the Submarine Service; 
•To establish and maintain a charitable trust, being a welfare foundation;
•To assist one another as occasion may require and to encourage social activities;
•To liaise with kindred organisations, both nationally and internationally; and,
•To educate members about their entitlements and provide access to Department of Veterans' Affairs advocates 
The Association maintains a close relationship with several overseas Submariners' Associations.
Membership is open to all submariners, regardless of the navy in which they served.


From Our President

“Some melancholy news is that our esteemed Life Member and long-time past Web Master Norm Williams has been admitted to the palliative care unit of the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

Norm’s cancer has progressed rapidly, and has now invaded most of his body, especially his lungs.
The unit has requested that he be given some time to stabilise, and therefore any requests to telephone or call should be directed to the Hospital at the end of next week.

When we hear more, we will let you know.

While we contemplate Norm’s great struggle consider also his great successes. To do so, I thought it fitting to repeat the citation to Norm issued by the 2017 AGM on 1st October last.

“The gathering of members and family for the Submarines Association Australia Subcon 2017 and Annual General Meeting have resolved to express their admiration for Submariner Extraordinaire Norm Williams OAM.
Norm’s empathy with and knowledge of Australia’s submariners everywhere has been put into exceptional effect by his foresight and enthusiasm and the way he has inspired others to take an active role in bringing fellowship to us all. This outstanding level of service has been sustained over a very long period.
While the Association continues to develop, one can see the hand of Norm in its success so far. In the Navy and beyond it, Norm is never far from dealing in the supply and demand of material that encouraged teamwork and fellowship and made life enjoyable. He created and maintained the Up Periscope website, the popular Chief Stokers Log and the Slops Van – all very popular with a wide distribution all over the world. Very informative, they help Australian submarine veterans and serving submariners to keep in touch and be made aware of developments and news in the Australian and other nations Submarine services. He established and managed the official Association website in 2008 and was the Association’s National Secretary from 2008 to 2010.
A Life Member, Norm has been a member of the Association since early 1980s and has held office or other voluntary function almost continuously. His sometimes gruff and robust attitude is his badge of office but it is a badge that belies the dedicated Submarine Veteran with a Heart of Gold who is worth his weight in Gold.
Norm’s achievements have been consistently outstanding over many years and are well beyond what is normally expected of volunteers in his position. It is through his most commendable contribution over many years that the submarine community is well regarded throughout Australia. They are in the best traditions of naval and community service.

Well Done Norm.”

The thoughts and prayers of all Submariners are with you Norm.”

Kind Regards

Commodore Bob Trotter OAM RAN (Ret’d)
National President
0418 487 158
“Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.”

EPTEC is a specialist engineering contractor in Asset Preservation and Rehabilitation.
EPTEC have a distinct preference to hire ex Submariners!!!
Are you looking for a job? Here are three potential jobs just waiting for you. They have positions available in WA, NSW and SA. To quote Lawrence Rob, Eptec's ER/HR/IR Manager - "I am happy receive interest for any role from ex-forces personnel even if they do not have the experience and qualifications. I will assess them individually and identify roles I believe they can trained and developed into." Details of three available roles can be found here:
Eptec Project Engineer,    Eptec Painting Supervisor,    Eptec Project Painters and Decorators.
For more information and to apply go to their website or contact Lawrence on 02 9034 6911

BOB ‘TUG’ WILSON’S WALK FOR KIDS WITH CANCER 2018 is on again Sunday 25 March, 2018.

Raising vital funds for the Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead – this year is the 10th anniversary of the Walk for Kids with Cancer. Coolongatta to Canberra. Details on how you can get behind this great event is on their website


A new forum has been added for members only. Log in now to see for yourself.

SAA Qld Inc's first meeting for 2018 has been announced. For details go to the QLD Branch News Page.

DVA has made an announcement that funds are available to assist communities in celebrating and remembering the Centenial of WW1 Armistice Day. "The Armistice Centenary Grants Program will provide $7.5 million in funding across Australia to enable communities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. With applications now open for community-driven activities, eligible organisations are encouraged to contact their local MPs to determine the closing date for expressions of interest in their area.
See the announcement here

The WA Committee has sent out a Christmas message. See the WA Branch News Page *****        ***** The NSW Committee has sent out a Christmas message. See the NSW Branch Page*****       *****Transcripts of the speeches made at the HMAS Platypus 50th Anniversary are now available. Go to Platypus 50th Anniversary Page to download a copy.*****       ***** Expressions of Interest are now open for SUBCON2018 Please fill out the form on the SUBCON2018 Page *****        ***** Latest update on the Platypus Renewal is available from the Platypus Page *****        ***** New Executive Team elected in Tasmania - Congrats to all. See the Tassie Branch page for details *****        *****WA President's Spring Report available from WA Branch News Page *****         

Geoff Burns - Life Member.
Geoff received his Life Membership at a SAA ACT dinner as he was overseas during SUBCON 17.
Congrats Geoff!

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"Like the destroyer, the submarine has created its own type of officer and man, with language and traditions apart from the rest of the service, and yet at the heart,unchangingly of the Service"

Rudyard Kipling, The Fringes of the Fleet, 1915

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