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.

New Documentary on WW2 Midget attack on Sydney

We have been contacted by the Producer of a new documentary with details of A VERY RUDE AWAKENING . Gary Jackson writes:
I write as Producer of a new WW2 documentary about the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942, a pivotal event that threatened to unravel the fledgling US/Australia ANZUS alliance. Being about submarines, I thought it would interest your members.
As you will be well aware, the attack was a failure. Sydney was unprepared and there were many mistakes made on both sides. Bad luck dogged the Japanese, and good luck held for the Australians. The primary target was the heavy cruiser USS Chicago. There was also a US destroyer, Australian cruisers and many other ships in the harbour worth sinking. Had the raid been successful, the outcome might have rivaled Pearl Harbor. Indeed many of the Pearl attack group moved on to Sydney with the memory of that experience clear in their mind, as told to us by the Japanese spy pilot Susumo Ito, who took part in both events.
Our documentary is based on Peter Grose's best-selling book A Very Rude Awakening and is narrated by him. Peter's book revealed the truth about the raid, destroying long-standing myths and misinformation that had persisted for almost 70 years.
We are selling the DVD here: There is a link to a trailer on the ABOUT page and also here: Vimeo Video Trailer.
If you see fit, I would be most obliged if you would provide a link via your website to give your members an opportunity to purchase it.
Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

Gary Jackson

Up Periscope is now being welded to to the SAA.

As you may have noticed, we have been progressively merging the old Up Periscope to the SAA site. The two sites are now more than ever working together to provide full benefit to the Association and our members. Whilst the sites will still be able to be viewed separately, most of the personal content will now be posted to Up Periscope instead of both locations. to go to the new version.


Proof life is better on Submarines

End of Rainbow finally tracked down.
After years of debate, photgraphic proof has finally been found that shows that the pot of gold actually resides within HMAS Sheean. Enlistment rates of Leprechaun's are expected to skyrocket.

HMAS Sheean


Good luck to all who are attending Subcon this year. I will be unable to make it but will be looking forward to seeing photo's and hearing tales of the event. Don't forget to pass on your story's and photo's to SAA Webmaster


Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s maritime sector. The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.
The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for maritime sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of this financial year.
Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 15th June.

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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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