Submarine Institute of Australia News News from the SIA and other general Submarine news en-us Perform Networks CMS SIA Media Release - SIA congratulates new ADF leaders The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) welcomes recommendations relating to command changes in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) which have been announced. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:00:00 GMT Higher collision risks for submarines - SIA Media Release Operators of submarines in South-East Asia face much higher risks of collisions than in other parts of the world, a major regional conference has been told. Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:00:00 GMT Submarine Safety Measures in the Indo-Pacific - An Australian Perspective Paper presented by the Secretary of the Submarine Institute of Australia, Frank Owen at "Regional Maritime Security Outlook 2018" Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Statement - HMAS AE1 Found "The fact that HMAS AE1 - Australia's first submarine which was lost more than 103 years ago during World War 1 (Australia's first loss in World War 1) - has been found is both a satisfying and sombre occasion. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:00:00 GMT Promoting defence engineering careers/Shadow Minister headlines final day of SubSTEC4 Three members of Team Triton ROV, the students from Adelaide's Prince Alfred College who recently attended the launch of "Subs in Schools" in London (as the winner of the Australian finals), provided one of the highlights of SubSTEC4. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT Change of pace at conference dinner followed by more high-quality plenary sessions South Australia's Minister for Defence and Space Industries, Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, welcomed delegates to the SubSTEC4 Conference Dinner (which was sponsored by Defence SA). Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT SubSTEC4 gets off to a flying start Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) President, Mark Sander welcomed more than 250 delegates at the Opening Reception of the 4th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - Defence Industry Minister to open conference Tonight marks the formal commencement of the 4th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC4), while tomorrow morning, the Minister for Defence Industry, Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will deliver the Opening Address. Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - Nick Xenophon to address conference dinner High-profile political leader and former Senator, Nick Xenophon will be the guest speaker at the conference dinner during next week’s 4th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC4), which is convened by the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA). Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - Countdown to major submarine conference Workforce development and the transition from the Collins-class submarines to the future submarines will be major themes at Asia-Pacific's leading forum on submarines - the 4th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC4) – which takes place in less than three weeks. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - Positive submarine plan is in place Public statement by the President of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA), Mr Mark Sander: "Australia has a positive plan in place for the Future Submarine Program. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - SIA supports engineers of the future A group of Australia's brightest young engineers of the future is about to enter the world stage with the support of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA). Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - Moving ceremony to dedicate submariners memorial and honour their service A moving ceremony to remember lost Australian submariners - including the dedication of a new Submariners' Memorial - and mark 50 years to the day of the commissioning of the HMAS Platypus submarine base has been held on Sydney Harbour. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - New memorial to recognise lost submariners A major milestone in the history of Australian submarines and those who served in them will be recognised in a special ceremony on Sydney Harbour. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - High-calibre line-up of conference speakers Another high-class program of speakers has been assembled for Asia-Pacific's leading forum on submarines - the 4th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC4). Tue, 30 May 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - Focus on submarine technology, workforce development Emerging technologies and workforce development will be the focus of this year's Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) conference, the leading forum in the Asia-Pacific region for information-sharing and debate on submarine matters. Sun, 02 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT SIA Media Release - Executive Committee Changes The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) has elected Mr Mark Sander as its new President. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT SIA Conference Day 2 Report - Election of Donald Trump will benefit Australian defence industry Political leaders took centre stage on the final day of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) 8th Biennial Conference 2016, which was held at the Shine Dome in Canberra. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT Defence Industry Minister to address SIA conference today The Minister for Defence Industry will provide the keynote speech on the third and final day of the Submarine Institute of Australia's (SIA) eighth biennial conference in Canberra today. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT SIA Conference Day 1 Report - Positive vibe about significant submarine investment The opening plenary session, which was held on Day 1 (or the second day) of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) 8th Biennial Conference in Canberra, was dominated by positive themes. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT Defence Minister to open SIA conference today Asia-Pacific's leading forum on submarines, the Submarine Institute of Australia's (SIA) eighth biennial conference, commences today in Canberra. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT SIA Conference Day "0" Report - Technical papers session: Focus on sonars, training The increased demand for presentations resulted in a bonus technical papers session being staged as the opening day (or "Day 0") of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) 8th Biennial Conference 2016 in Canberra. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT Two weeks until leading forum on submarines It's less than two weeks until Asia-Pacific's leading forum on submarines, the Submarine Institute of Australia's (SIA) eighth biennial conference. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT Next steps for future submarines The signing of the first contract as part of the Future Submarine Program is a major step in the implementation of the most significant investment in submarines in Australian history. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT Rigorous process around future submarines The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) supports decisions the Australian Government, including the Department of Defence, has made about national security as they relate to the procurement of new submarines. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT Political leaders to address SIA conference Australia's political leaders and one of Canberra's leading political commentators have been confirmed as speakers at this year's SIA conference, which will be held in less than 100 days. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT Management of sensitive information The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) notes media coverage today relating to sensitive information about the capability of submarines designed for the Indian Navy. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:00:00 GMT Strengthened representation in Cabinet The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) congratulates the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, on her reappointment as part of the re-elected Turnbull Government. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:00:00 GMT Leading Indo-Pacific forum on submarines Early bird registrations for Asia-Pacific's leading forum on submarine matters - the Submarine Institute of Australia's (SIA) eighth biennial conference - will close on 30 June. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT Ongoing support for future submarines Bipartisan support for the ongoing development of Australia's future submarine program is welcome, according to the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA). Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT Call for Conference Presentations Presentations for Asia-Pacific's leading forum on submarine matters - the Submarine Institute of Australia's (SIA) eighth biennial conference - are now being invited. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT Call for Paper released for 2016 Conference The Government has now selected DCNS as the International Design Partner for the Future Submarines based on the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A with the Combat Systems Integrator to be selected later this year, possibly before the conference. The first of class will not commission until the late 2020’s or early 2030’s and accordingly there will be a requirement to extend the life of the Collins class submarines to ensure that no gap in submarine capability occurs. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT Critical step in commitment to submarines The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) welcomes the announcement to award the next phase of development of Australia's submarine capability to France's DCNS. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:00:00 GMT SIA Welcomes Commitment to 12 Submarines Australia will present a credible, sustainable and continuous deterrent as a result of the Federal Government's commitment to build 12 submarines in the new Defence White Paper. That's the view of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA), which has welcomed the release of the White Paper. Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:00:00 GMT STEM, RESEARCH COMMITMENTS VITAL FOR DEFENCE INNOVATION Initiatives to promote STEM literacy and greater collaboration between universities and business have been welcomed by the Submarine Institute of Australia. The plans are part of a new National Science and Innovation Agenda, which has been unveiled by the Australian Government. “The Government’s plan to encourage more students to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects is essential if Australia is to continue to be internationally competitive in fields where learnings in these subjects are vital,” said the Executive Director of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA), David Nicholls. “Defence industries, including submarine design and manufacturing, are such fields. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:00:00 GMT DEFENCE MINISTER TO ADDRESS SUBMARINE CONFERENCE The Minister for Defence has been confirmed as a speaker at the Submarine Institute of Australia conference in Adelaide next week. Senator the Hon Marise Payne will address the conference next Tuesday (17 November). “The featured opening address by Minister Payne so soon after taking over the portfolio means this year’s conference has arguably the best line-up of speakers in the history of the event,” said David Nicholls, Executive Director of the Submarine Institute of Australia. “The presence of Minister Payne comes in advance of two significant announcements from the Federal Government – the release of a new Defence White Paper for Australia and the decision about which consortium will provide the design partner to build Australia’s next fleet of submarines. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:00:00 GMT Final Pitch from Bidders The final public pitch by the three bidders to build the Australian navy’s future submarines will take place at a major conference in Adelaide in less than a fortnight. Senior executives from Japan, Germany’s ThyssenKrupp and France’s DCNS will provide presentations at the 2015 Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference on 17 November. “It’s well known that the competitive evaluation process, which is being undertaken to determine who builds Australia’s next fleet of submarines, will inform the largest defence procurement program in Australia’s history. The Future Submarine Program (SEA1000) represents an investment in the order of $50 billion,” said David Nicholls, Executive Director of the Submarine Institute of Australia, organiser of the conference. Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:00:00 GMT Celebrating Sub Culture: Congratulations to the Royal Australian Navy on 100 years of submarine service. The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) congratulates the Royal Australian Navy on its celebration of 100 years since the arrival of Australia's first submarines, AE1 and AE2, in Sydney Harbour on 24 May 1914. Fri, 23 May 2014 14:00:00 GMT SIA adds new books to the SIA Shop Two new books have been added to the SIA Shop: 'Stoker's Submarine' has been updated and re-launched including detail on the mystery of AE1. 'Century of Silent Service' is co-authored by SAI members Graham Seal and Lloyd Blake and includes stories of Australia's submarines and the people who operate them. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT Time for Decision on Future Submarines David Johnston revealed his 'vision' for the Future Submarine force yesterday - but we are still a long way from a decision. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT BMT Design Technology to conduct Submarine Design Engineering Course BMTDT will conduct the 12th Submarine Design Engineering course in Sydney during May 2014. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT AWM Last Post Ceremony for AE1 crew member Cyril Lefroy Baker The Last Post ceremony for Telegraphist Cyril Lefroy Baker, HMAS AE1 is scheduled for Friday 22 November 2013. The Last Post ceremony is held 364 days per year in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Each ceremony tells the story behind just one of the names on the Roll of Honour. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT AWM to honour Teddy Sheean The Australian War Memorial (AWM) will commemorate the service and sacrifice of Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean at a 'Last Post' ceremony at 1655 on Sunday 1 December 2013. SIA members and submariners are encouraged to attend. Members of the Sheean family are travelling from Tasmania to attend. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT SIA input to the Defence White Paper 2013 The SIA has submitted its views to the Defence White Paper team, via the public consultation process. Our submission argued that Australia's prosperity depends on its ability to trade and hence that the security of our distant Sea Lines of Communication is vital to us. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMT SIA Welcomes Release of the Coles Review The SIA today welcomed the release of British engineer John Coles' final report of his review of Australia's submarine sustainment capability. The review affirms the SIA's long-held position that through-life sustainment of the submarine capability is just as important as the early decision on the type of submarine to be procured. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT SIA welcomes Budget provisions The SIA has welcomed the Government's recent Budget decision to commit an additional $100m towards Collins class sustainment in 2012/13, as part of a total $709 million over the next four years. Thu, 10 May 2012 14:00:00 GMT Australia's Future Submarine Capability In a paper released yesterday the Australian Strategic Policy Institute urged the Government to get serious about its submarine capability if it hopes to be able to effectively defend the nation in the Asia-Pacific century. The findings of the ASPI - 'Mind the Gap Getting Serious About Submarines' paper are supported by the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA). Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:00:00 GMT Launch Secret Fleets As part of many activities to celebrate the Centenary of Australian Submarines, the SIA will host an official book launch of the second edition of Secret Fleets: Fremantle's World War II Submarine Base. The event, set to take place at Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle on 21st March 2012, will see guests welcomed by Author Lynne Cairns along with ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:00:00 GMT SIA WELCOMES RELEASE OF COLES REPORT The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) welcomes the Coles Review as an important step in reforming the Collins Class sustainment environment. In addition SIA agrees there is a lack of public understanding of the strategic nature of the submarine capability and is delighted to be able to table its comprehensive plans to change this. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:00:00 GMT MEMKO joins the SUBMARINE INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA as a SME Diamond Sponsor MEMKO Pty Ltd, a world class supplier of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions announced today a new sponsorship association with the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA), as a SME Diamond Sponsor. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:00:00 GMT 'SECRET FLEETS' NOW AVAILABLE IN THE SIA SHOP The SIA today announced that it had added a new title from the Western Australian Museum. Secret Fleets tells how the Port of Fremantle became host to over 170 Allied submarines from the navies of the United States, Britain and the Netherlands. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:00:00 GMT SIA SIGNS MOU WITH ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA The SIA and the Institution of Engineers, Australia (aka Engineers Australia or 'EA') have signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] for the inaugural SIA Conference on Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering in Adelaide in November. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:00:00 GMT FAQ FOR THE FUTURE SUBMARINE The SIA today released a brochure which provides background information on the Institute and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions on Australia's Future Submarine Program. (Updated) Wed, 04 May 2011 14:00:00 GMT DCNS JOINS THE SIA AS A RUBY SPONSOR M Michel Accary, Executive Vice President of the French shipbuilding group, DCNS, today announced that DCNS would be elevating its sponsorship of the Submarine Institute of Australia to the Ruby level. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:00:00 GMT RAN Seapower Centre releases Semaphore on New Submarines The RAN Seapower Centre has released a discussion paper on Australias Future Submarine Capability. Sun, 01 Nov 2009 14:00:00 GMT NUCLEAR SUBMARINE DEBATE CONTINUES An article by Geoffrey Barker in the Australian Financial Review of 17 Aug 09 contends that the Government shouldn't be dismissing the option of nuclear propulsion for the Future Submarine. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 14:00:00 GMT Thales reaffirms its support for the SIA Mr Chris Lloyd, Vice President Naval, Thales Australia, today announced that Thales would be continuing its Ruby sponsorship of the Submarine Institute of Australia. In welcoming this news, SIA President Rear Admiral Peter Briggs recognised the important and long-standing relationship between Thales Australia and the SIA and said that "the support of our sponsors is vital if we are to continue to sell the message of the value of submarines in Australian defence to Government and the Australian public. As our inaugural sponsor, Thales Australia has made an important contribution to the SIA's achievement of its objectives and for that we are very grateful." Wed, 01 Jul 2009 14:00:00 GMT Obituary - LCDR Max Shean DSO and bar, RANVR Rtd CAPT Tim Brown RAN has penned an obituary for Max Shean for publication in The Australian. Under its Centenary Project, the SIA recently produced a DVD capturing Max's oral history. The DVD is available from the Online Shop. Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:00:00 GMT SIA joins Facebook The SIA now has a presence on the social networking site Facebook. Visit the site by clicking here. Thu, 21 May 2009 14:00:00 GMT Australian Defence White Paper The new Australian Government Defence White Paper was released on board HMAS STUART on Saturday 2nd May 09 Visit the Government DWP website click here to go to dwp website Fri, 01 May 2009 14:00:00 GMT Government announces 100% increase in submarine capability A MORE POTENT AND CAPABLE SUBMARINE FLEET The 2009 Defence White Paper sets out a new capability direction with a significant focus on enhancing our maritime capabilities for the 21st century, the Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP announced today. In recognition of the importance of Australias maritime approaches and trade routes to the security and prosperity of the nation, the Government has decided to make a substantial investment to double the Navys current submarine fleet. Go to this link to read more. click here to go to DWP Submarine release website Fri, 01 May 2009 14:00:00 GMT More on Submarine Project Management Consultants by Paul Barratt Paul Barratt blog on Australian Observer click here to go to website Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:00:00 GMT Article on Submarine Design Competition A Paul Barratt Blog on click here to go to Paul Barratt blog Tue, 21 Apr 2009 14:00:00 GMT Greg Combet Speech to SIA Dinner SIA Dinner Ministerial Speech Thu, 06 Nov 2008 14:00:00 GMT Australia's Strategic Sting- Maximising Our FSM Capability ADA \'Defender\' Magazine Spring 2007. Article by Peter Briggs Wed, 16 Jul 2008 14:00:00 GMT Keeping Our Heads Below Water. ASPI Analysis - FSM Policy ASPI FSM Analysis by Andrew Davie Wed, 16 Jul 2008 14:00:00 GMT APSI CALLS FOR MORE INVESTMENTS IN SUBMARINES Director of Operations for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Dr Andrew Davies (Speaker at the SIA Conference in November 2008) has called for more investment in submarines and special forces as Australia looks to its future structure - supporting the position adopted by the SIA. Articles from The Australian and ABC News reporting this area attached. Thu, 03 Jul 2008 14:00:00 GMT SIA FEATURES IN THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN With thanks to new SIA member, Tom Phillips, attached article by SIA President Peter Briggs in the Defence Supplement of The Weekend Australian puts in plain and simple terms the need for submarines. Sun, 08 Jun 2008 14:00:00 GMT Lost submarine awaits its fate An article in The Australian has reported that the preferred option from the Istanbul workshop is to leave the wreck in situ, mark its position, position protective anodes near the wreck and install an intruder monitoring system. Sun, 27 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT Lost Hero of Gallipoli SIA member Michael White QC has written an account of AE2 in The Australian for publication on Friday 18 April 2008. Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT MICHAEL WHITE'S ORIGINAL ARTICLE Text of the original article as submitted by SIA member Michael White QC for publication in The Australian on 18.4.08. An excellent summary of the distant and recent history of AE2. date: 18/4/2008 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT ABC RADIO INTERVIEW ON AE2 DOCUMENTARY LAUNCH ABC 666 Breakfast host, Ross Solly, interviews SIA Treasurer Frank Owen on the pre-release launch of the AE2 documentary 'Gallipoli Submarine' to be broadcast nationally on ABC1 at 8.30pm Thursday 24 April 2008. Wed, 09 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT Plenty of bang from a dud Coverage of 'Steel, Spies and Spin' from ABC News plus several pages of comments - almost as interesting as the article! Mon, 07 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT ABC RADIO NATIONAL INTERVIEW WITH KIM BEAZLEY They're now known as the most lethal conventional submarines in the world, but not so long ago, they were 'Beazley's Blunder' and the 'Dud subs'. Australia's largest, most expensive and controversial military project, cost $6 billion. In 2003, the 20 year project delivered Australia six Collins class submarines. Later today, a remarkable 'warts and all' official history of the project, The Collins Class Submarine Story: Steel, Spies and Spin, will be launched in Sydney by Kim Beazley. Fran Kelly interviews Kim Beazley, professorial fellow in political science and international relations at the University of Western Australia. Former Labor leader and Defence Minister. Mon, 07 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT NOISY SUBS ACTUALLY QUIET KILLERS - AUSTRALIAN REVIEW A second review of 'Steel, Spies and Spin' in The Australian, this time by Patrick Walters. Fri, 04 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT COLLINS BOOK REVIEWED BY THE AUSTRALIAN 'The Collins Class Submarine Story - Steel, Spies and Spin' has been reviewed by Cameron Stewart in the Literary Review published in The Australian on 2 April 2008. An electronic copy could not be obtained so the article has been scanned (print in A3 if you can). Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT AE2 MAA Report The AE2CF has released its Maritime Archeological Assessment which was developed after the Sep. 07 expedition. The report will be considered at the workshop to be held in Istanbul in April 2008. Full details in the attached file. Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:00:00 GMT THE AGE - BEWARE THE STING An article in The Age on 19 Feb 08 quotes SIA member Allan Behm who has urged lateral thinking to deal with the unique problem of how to defend 20% of the world's surface - including the Exclusive Economic Zone in the surrounding oceans - with just 0.3% of its population. The article is attached. Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:00:00 GMT SM2020 - Australia's Strategic Sting (Presentation) Maximising Strategic Options in Constrained Strategic Circumstances: The Future Underwater Warfare Capability Australias Strategic Sting. Presentation delivered at the Seapower 2008 Conference Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:00:00 GMT SM2020 - Australia's Strategic Sting (Paper) Maximising Strategic Options in Constrained Strategic Circumstances: The Future Underwater Warfare Capability Australias Strategic Sting. Paper delivered at the Seapower 2008 Conference. See next item for actual presentation. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:00:00 GMT INAUGURAL PLATYPUS ADDRESS DELIVERED The old site of HMAS Platypus in Sydney Harbour was handed over in 2005 to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, who will manage the conservation of its heritage for the general public as they are also doing for seven other former Defence sites around Sydney Harbour. On 18 August 2007, the fortieth anniversary of the commissioning of HMAS PLATYPUS and the arrival of the HMAS OXLEY to form the Australian Submarine Squadron, Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall AC AFSM RAN (rtd) spoke of the history of Australian submarines at the base and brought back memories for the assembled representatives of government and the Trust, members of Submarines Association Australia and other members of the submarine community and Australian Naval Cadets. Admiral MacDougall's speech has been entitled the 'Platypus Address', intended to be delivered each year by eminent submariners invited from Australia and overseas, to commemorate the commissioning of HMAS Platypus to support the modern Australian submarine squadron. This inaugural address is reproduced here by kind permission. Sat, 25 Aug 2007 14:00:00 GMT REMORA'S LONGEST DIVE FINALLY AT AN END Department of Defence Media Mail List ------- CPA 109/07 Tuesday, 24 April 2007 SUBMARINE ESCAPE AND RESCUE SERVICE - RECOVERY OF RESCUE VESSEL REMORA Defence has today successfully recovered the Australian Submarine Rescue Vehicle ?Remora? which was resting on the sea bed in 140 metres of water off the coast of Western Australia. The Remora recovery was conducted by United States Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, the US Navy organisation that recovered the ADF Blackhawk off Fiji in February 2007. Remora was lost on 5 December 2006 when its launch and recovery system failed during preparations for Exercise Black Carillon 06, a RAN submarine rescue exercise conducted in the Western Australian Exercise Area. The Remora is at HMAS STIRLING and will be shipped to the Original Equipment Manufacturer in Canada for an extensive six to eight month overhaul. Tue, 24 Apr 2007 14:00:00 GMT SIA MEMBER TIM SMITH IN THE NEWS AGAIN An article in the Parramatta Sun about the September dive survey of AE2 caught the eye of ever-vigilant SIA Committee member Ian Salter. Mon, 23 Apr 2007 14:00:00 GMT VISIT REPORT BY AE2 PROJECT MANAGER A comprehensive report on the recent visit to Turkey by Ken Greig as part of preparations for the Maritime Archaeological Survey to be conducted in September 07 has been placed on the members' site. Login to download and read this report. Wed, 14 Mar 2007 14:00:00 GMT AE1 - HAVE THEY FOUND HER? The RAN recently supported a project which has been set up to locate the Australian submarine HMAS AE1 and discover the cause of her disappearance in 1914 off Rabaul, New Britain. The attached survey report from Commander John Foster RAN Rtd to the Chief of Navy gives some insight into the successes and challenges of this project. Although not a formal part of the SIA, this project is of keen interest to us. Fri, 09 Mar 2007 14:00:00 GMT PROJECT AE2 MAKES THE NEWS AGAIN Navy News, in its edition of 8 March 2007, featured a story on Project AE2 and the upcoming survey. Sun, 25 Feb 2007 14:00:00 GMT INAUGURAL AWARD FOR ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE Last week, the Submarine Force Element Group held its Annual Forum at which our President, RADM Peter Briggs, gave an update of the SIA's activities and made the inaugural presentation of the SIA Award for Engineering Excellence to Lieutenant Craig Johnstone RAN of HMAS RANKIN. This award, sponsored by MacTaggart Scott and Company Limited, is made to the submarine Engineer Officer judged by the SMFEG commander to have displayed outstanding leadership and engineering excellence whilst serving as the Head of Department in a seagoing submarine. A drawing of the medal is attached. In recognition of its long and enduring relationship with RAN submarines (dating back from the 'J' boats of the 1920's to today's Collins class), MacTaggart Scott has entered into a ten year agreement with the SIA to be recognised as the sponsor of this important award. The SIA congratulates Lieutenant Johnstone on his outstanding performance and thanks MacTaggart Scott for its sponsorship of this fine award. An Honour Board is being constructed and will be mounted in a suitable position in the New Year with Lieutenant Johnstone's name at the top of the list. Mon, 18 Dec 2006 14:00:00 GMT SIA secures funding for Project AE2 The SIA has been successful in its bid for funding from the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage which has awarded it a contract for $25,000 to develop a Feasibility Study into the preservation aspects of HMAS AE2. The grant will cover development of promotional material, travel to Turkey (first visit is this Anzac Day) on two occasions, travel within Australia to attend Inter-Departmental Working Group meetings and production of promotional material. A copy of the brochure developed for this brochure can be downloaded here. Sat, 22 Apr 2006 14:00:00 GMT SIA releases brief for potential AE2 sponsors The SIA today released its brief for potential sponsors and capability partners for its Project AE2. This project has, as its prime objective, the aim of ensuring that AE2s contribution to the Anzac legend is recognised by the time of the centenary of the Gallipoli landings in 2015. Members can download the brief here. In due course, the brief and brochure will be available on the AE2 page on the SIA website. Sat, 22 Apr 2006 14:00:00 GMT SIA lodges submission to Naval Shipbuilding Inquiry The SIA today lodged its submission to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade into the capacity of naval shipbuiding in Australia. An abstract of the submission is attached with the complete submission available in the Members Area. Fri, 17 Feb 2006 14:00:00 GMT SIA member Chris Skinner wins Maritime Advancement Award A former Naval electrical engineering officer is the winner of the inaugural Maritime Advancement Award, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton in conjunction with the Centre for Maritime Policy at the University of Wollongong. During the closing ceremony of the Sea Power 2006 Conference yesterday, President of the Australian Naval Institute Commodore James Goldrick presented the award to Mr Christopher Skinner, who had a distinguished career in the RAN from 1959 to 1989, including service in Vietnam aboard HMAS Hobart. For his outstanding analysis of the costs and benefits to Australia of the Collins Class submarine project, Mr Skinner has been awarded a two-year research or development grant worth $12,000. Mr Skinner's project was conceived as a means to deliver the next generation of conventional submarines to follow the successful Oberon Class as they were retired, and to embody the best of sensors, weapons and their control systems, propulsion and platform systems for the Collins Class submarines. The Maritime Advancement Award goes to the most promising research or development proposal from anyone working in the field of maritime endeavour including science, maritime law and policy, defence, commerce, shipbuilding or maritime industry. The judges agreed that Mr Skinner's project would bring new understanding of the impact of the submarine project upon the Australian economy and highlight key lessons about the significance of such activities for national development as well as for the future. Fri, 03 Feb 2006 14:00:00 GMT Transcript of Four Corners story on nuclear power The ABC has released the transcript of its story on Four Corners of Monday 22 August 2005. The transcript can be found at the URL: click here to see it Mon, 22 Aug 2005 14:00:00 GMT SIA releases draft Strategy Paper The President of the SIA, Mike Deeks, has released a draft form of the Strategy paper guiding the Institute in its activities over the next few years. The paper can be downloaded from this page (above) and Mike would welcome comments. Contact him via the link on the "Committee" page. Thu, 04 Aug 2005 14:00:00 GMT SIA President releases Strategy Paper The President of the SIA, Mike Deeks, has released a draft form of the Strategy paper guiding the Institute in its activities over the next few years. The paper can be downloaded from the Members' Section and Mike would welcome comments. Contact him via the link on the "Committee" page. Fri, 24 Jun 2005 14:00:00 GMT