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08 April 2024







O Boats are our past, Collins the present, AUKUS is the future.

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.

Our National Constitution  Communications and Information Management Policy (CIMP); Membership Information   Here  The history of the National SAA Here

Submarine Association Australia National Office Holders

National President 

National Vice President 

National Secretary 

National Treasurer 

Communications Manager

SAA Members

Welcome to the opening of the SAA Web site after a number of months of inactivity. As discussed and agreed at SUBCON 23, it is intended to have a leaner version of the site from the previous site (created by Tim Bass, incorporating Normie’s Site). This is a deliberate action as we look to protect members from possible cyber activities. Tony Vine has updated the Eternal Patrol Page and it now contains the names of over 250 deceased submariners, up from 130 at this time last year. Please review the list and if you can identify any mistakes or omissions, I request that you forward them to Tony at News on the planning of SUBCON24 will also start to be advertised. In due course you will see, as another action from SUBCON 23, proposed amendments to the constitution that will be promulgated for members review and comment. I would like to thank and welcome Bob Hendrie as our new Web Master and he will work with Jason Minns (Communication Information Manger) to ensure we manage the site correctly and best protect SAA members. I would also like to thank our new National Secretary Paul Gale who is in the process of receiving a handover from David Bryant. 

New SA Branch President 

On behalf of the National Executive I would like to congratulate and thank Fran Boyle who has stepped into the SA Branch President. Fran is a former Collins submariner now residing in SA is our first female president and I hope not our last. I hope her appointment helps attract more of our younger shipmates to not only join the SAA but look at moving into committee positions as well. 

SAA Members 

I have been informed of a vile incident recently in relation to comments posted on the SAA Facebook page. These remarks targeting one of our members were disgusting and will not be tolerated but also disappointing that a person or persons would attack someone in this fashion especially a fellow submariner. 

The member affected has stated that he will not provide names but I can assure the membership that if he was to I would (with the National Executive backing) provide a ‘notice to show cause’ as to why they should remain as members of the SAA, and if they were not members I can assure you that any request for membership would not be looked on favourably. 

While they may not think that the above is not much of a punishment I can assure those responsible that if this issue was to be moved to a more legal forum they could be in serious trouble.

The SAA has been in contact with our member and are available to support him, we will reach out should he ask. I personally know the member affected and have served with him and consider him a friend, I hope that this issue does not drive him away from his friends and fellow SAA members.

David Strangward, AM 

SAA National President

ANZAC Day 2024

Due to Many requests for information the following is state by state: What we do want is as many images of people doing ANZAC day as possiable to post 

NSW Sydney:  Start mustering at about 0830 March Starts off at 0913 at the corner of Castlereagh Street, between Hunter and King Streets behind the WRANS.

ACT : The National march in Canberra will commence at 0930. SAA members and friends will gather at the Navy Memorial on ANZAC Parade from 0830. On completion of the march and remembrance ceremony members and friends are invited to gather for lunch and refreshments at the Vikings Club at 6 Ricardo St, Wanniassa.T

Victoria:  Muster at 0830 March Off at 0915 from Flinders East, Bus available post march for refreshments as  St Kilda RSL

Queensland: Awaiting information  

FNQ  there is between 15 to 20 submariners turning up at Tin Can Bay RSL. Town nearly booked out with Army vets and RAAF vets also attending apart from the local vets and community - looks like it’s going to a big day.

South Australia: March Commences 9.30am - Meet n assemble 9.15am. GROUP 6 VIETNAM & SOUTH-EAST ASIA VETERANS Assemble in northern side of North Terrace (east from the underground car park to Frome Road). Vietnam Veterans’ Organisations CMF Observers (Vietnam) Air Force Association State President & Party Royal Australian Air Force (Vietnam) Royal Australian Air Force (Ubon) Port Adelaide City, Glenelg Brass, and City of Holdfast Bay Concert Bands South-East Asia (1945–1975) HMA Submarines Australian Entertainment Groups (Vietnam) South Vietnamese Veterans All Group 6 Transport Vehicles All Group 6 sections are to continue along the eastern side of King William Road, to the corner of Pennington Terrace, before halting and dispersing. Submariners Drinks, Lunch, Tots and Raffles Afterwards - Metro Hotel - Bus at Cathedral Gold Coin Donation. All former and serving submariners welcome to march regardless of membership status. A day to put aside our differences and remember our comradeship of those who have served in the depths. We value your service and encourage all to turn out in numbers. Partners and Friends welcome - contact secretary for lunch bookings

Western Australia: Awaiting Information

Tasmania : Awaiting information


Sad News 

Today we have received the sad news that WO COXNSM Lyle "Pincher" Martin died early 7 April 2024. The family has asked for a private funeral

With ANZAC Day soon we have been told that Holbrook is looking at removing the small submarine park a link to the change.ord is available Here

With ANZAC Day Only a few weeks away it is only fitting we have a history lession about a Submariner from our Past  LCDR Donald R Wilson, DSC, RANVR

Breaking News from Steve Impett 



Subcon 2024 Queensland 11-14 October 2024 link to the news letter available  Here SUBCON Update 2 available  Here

Fellow submariners. 

The following email has been received, through the NSW Branch, from WOCOXN SM Keith Hamilton who is recovering from stomach cancer surgery and is not travelling well. 

Keith joined boats soon after surviving the loss of HMAS Voyager and amongst other things was later the SM Escape Coxswain and the Coxswain of Otama. 

On behalf of the wider submarine community the SAA wishes Keith the best in his struggle with ill health.

 Keith would appreciate visitors,

 but call first to arrange your visit. 

Address: 1 Hyde Parade, Campbelltown NSW 2560

 Phone: 13 44 78

 Tony Vine

 National Vice President. 

Oberon Class Submarines Health study  Here


Carol's 'Walk for Kids with Cancer 24' on  24/03/2024 has now been completed with her acheiving her goal you can still help with fundraising.

  A link has been provided for people that may want to help fundraising for  Kids with Cancer


Breaking news from AUKUS : BAE Systems and ASC to build the new submarines with Rolls  Royce to build the power plant.   New Agreement   Minister of Defence      Rolls Royce   

 The new Battle Scape with AUKUS review

The Australian Submarine AUKUS pathway for the future has been made public download a copy here

Three Australian Naval Officers have now passed the USN reactor training course additional information  Here

A second artical about our Naval Officers training  is available  Here

 PD Briggs latest Review of the new submarine project  Here

 Current works related to the AUKUS Build  Here

 Could we be getting UK built boats Here

 Todays 14 March 2024 News:

  AUKUS News: New problems with the AUKUS Build read news Here 

  Pentagon looks to allay AUKUS Here

Collins News

 This year marks 30 Years of HMAS Collins at Sea. This is longer than any Oberon Class Submarine, as we look back to the start of Collins at sea new1994/ 1995 documents show the PM concerns over the Submarine. Read Article_1

Read Article_2 Sea 1000 The Lessions of Collins.       Read Article_3  1997 Update on Collins class   Read Article_4 Getting in Early a review of the Collins Class submarine  




A Submarine has been spotted close to shore of Bermagui NSW 12/13 March 2024 looks like HMAS Dechaineux images thanks to No7 Robert Jones

 The submarine has now left and has just be spotted entering Eden NSW 13 March 2024 by Marine Rescue Eden, Image from their Facebook Page

Calendar for coming Events

 Annual Defence of Sydney of Sydney Commemoration 7/06/2024 Here

 ANZAC day 25 April 2024. Please send in any and all images for your events, to share with others.

Subcon 2024 Queensland 11-14 October 2024 link to the news letter available  Here




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