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Minister for Defence visits Submarine Training and Systems Centre
July 05
20:52 2017

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, was today escorted on a tour of the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, by Director Training Authority – Submarines, Commander Dylan Findlater, RAN, (left) and Commander Submarine Force, Captain Geoff Wadley, CSC, RAN, during a visit to HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

Located at HMAS Sterling, the Submarine Training and Systems Centre facilitates immersive training and includes a virtual submarine walkthrough simulation.

It is a highly effective training tool that allows exploration of the submarine in ways that were previously unavailable due to limited access to physical submarines. It is used in initial training and Collins Class Submarine familiarisation, safety routines and the location and recognition of fitted equipment and can be used to support operator, maintenance and procedural training.

During the visit, the minister also toured the Collins Class Submarine HMAS Farncomb.

Defence industry company ASC has been an integral part of submariner training at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia since 1992.

The centre is housed within the largest Royal Australian Navy establishment in the country, Perth based HMAS Sterling.

Did you know…?

The name of Perth base HMAS Stirling was selected to honour the name of Captain James Stirling, Royal Navy, the naval officer who landed on Garden Island in 1827 and returned in June, 1829 to found not only the first European settlement in Western Australia, but also the first free colony anywhere in Australia. Stirling’s makeshift camp was set-up on the craggy rock outcrop on the eastern side of the island, which today is known as Cliff Head and is the site of a memorial. Stirling‘s crest is based on the Stirling family coat-of-arms.

Since its commissioning on 28 July 1978 Stirling has expanded enormously within its existing boundaries and has seen building such as the Submarine Escape Training Facility – one of only six in the world and the only one in the southern hemisphere constructed.

Today it is the largest base in the RAN and home to more than 2,300 service personnel, 600 Defence civilians and 500 long-term contractors.

Some 12 Fleet units including RAN’s Anzac Class frigates and Collins Class submarines are stationed here, along with some 70 units including the Submarine Training and Systems Centre (STSC), AUSCDT Four and the Defence Communications Station (DEFCOMMSTA) Perth.

The 314 metre long two-level: “Diamantina Pier” and the redeveloped small ships harbour have vastly increased the wharf and berthing space available to surface ships and submarines at Stirling.

Other major additions have been the helicopter support facility located on the southern end of Garden Island, extensions to the RAN Submarine Training and Systems Centre, the Training Centre-West complex and a trials, research and support facility.

HMAS Stirling‘s primary purpose is to provide operational and logistics support to the RAN ships, submarines and aircraft based in WA.

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