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.

Up Periscope has a new home

It gives us great pleasue to announce Norm WIlliam's Up Periscope is back! Norm is unable to keep his site going so we have taken over for him. To visit the new site go here. At first the site has been copied over as it was. It will be getting refreshed and updated over the coming days and a new log is being created by Greg Jones ("Number 6"). 6 has a wealth of experience in both 'O' and 'C' boats first as a Stoker and then a Coxswain. His log will be "From the Grot" and will include anything and everything gleaned from the Australian submarine community. That means anything from the old hands who remmeber their time on T Boats and earlier, through the 'O' boat and current 'C' boat crews and also whatever we can find out about the new 'French Boats'. His log will only be as good as the information he is provided so don't hesitate to contact him via email. There is also a chance he will be lurking in the Members Forum (but don't hold your breath on that one).
Please Note: The old Up Periscope site will remain for the moment while we conduct the move so only use the URL to go to the new version.


The Cut Off date for registration and payments for Subcon 2018 is MONDAY 28TH MAY 2018. Noah’s and other Venues require final number by 1st June 2018. To register go to the Subcon 2018 page.


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.


These items of Pat Heffernan’s, past SAAV President, are for sale. Proceeds will be going to the Victorian Branch of Submarines Association Australia. Some items are brand new, in packaging, and the majority are in good condition. Click here for the full list
If you are interested in buying any of these items listed, you can contact Mavis Heffernan by Facebook message and she will email photos and prices. Postage will be included in the price.
For those purchasers attending SubCon in Newcastle, Mavis will be able to bring the items, rather than post them.

A Blast from the past

Thanks to Ken Greenwood, we have received a photo that may well run shivers down the spine of a lot of O and C Boat sailors. Who could forget all the fun of SSTG's antics trying their best to break a crew.

Details for the NSW ANZAC Day march are in:
Sydney ANZAC march starts at 0900 and the SUBMARINERS will most likely march off after 1000.
The starting point is located near the junction of Castlereagh and Market Streets and our formation is positioned after the WRANS and ahead of the MERCHANT NAVY. Meeting point following the march is the CIVIC HOTEL at 388 Pitt Street where FOOD, RUM TOT and BAR FLOAT have been arranged from 1200 for a small entry donation of $20.

The South Australian Branch ANZAC Day march details are now here for all members intending to march there.
Details of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Submarines Association Australia is now available in the Members Only Section

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

Members Forum

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

The Armistice Centenary Grants Program

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

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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