About SIA

About SIA


To promote informed discussion and research in the fields of submarine operations, engineering, history and commercial sub-sea engineering - otherwise known as submarine matters.


The Institute initiates, supports or promotes discussions and projects that support this objective.

Current Projects

The Institute is currently pursuing the following projects and areas of activity:

  • Contribution to the development of Defence Project SEA 1000 - Future Submarine Project - to succeed the Collins class submarine .  The Future Submarine Project has significant challenges ahead of it since the selection of Naval Group and Lockheed Martin Australia as the submarine and combat system integrators respectively, and there has been extensive community interestin how other companies and organisations can participate in the successful realisation of this, the largest defence acquisition program ever undertaken in Australia.  The SIA maintains a focussed interest in all aspects of the project: it comments and makes submissions when it sees benefit in doing so.
  • Facilitation of an informed discussion on the mainteneance and expansion of Australia's submarine capability and the consequential requirements for sustainment of the Collin's class fleet.  This intensive interestis a core objective of the SIA - probably more so than any other organisation outside government.  The timescales involved and the nature of life extension sytem upgrades are significant issues monitored by the Institute.
  • The SIA places great importance on the education of the community in the role and cost-effectiveness of the submarine force.  The institute organises annual conference and promotes educational programs for scholls and other groups, to explain the complexities of submarine design and capability.  It engages community groups to understand their concerns about further extensions to current capability.  Items for discussion might include:
    • East coast submarine basing
    • Expanded submarine numbers;
    • Long range land attack missile strike capability for Australian submarines;
    • Adoption of nuclear propulsion for Australian submarines for the programs after SEA 1000
  • The SIA is committed to encouraging young people to serve in the Australian Defence Force - particularly the Submarine Force.  The SIA is actively involved in supporting and promoting the 'Subs-in-Schools' program by providing/facilitating financial and professional support to young people interested in a submarine related career - whether that be in the Navy or in Defence Industry.  The SIA are very concious of the pipeline of talent required to crew and support the future submarines and are committed to fostering interest for young Australians who will be the future submarine workforce. 
  • Developing initiatives to increase the membership of the SIA.
  • Continuing to promote to the public, the efforts leading to the discovery of the wreck of HMAS AE1 of the SE coast of the Duke of York Islands PNG, 103 years after she was lost with all hands , on 14th September 1914.  Support of the project to monitor the rate of deterioration of the hull and to protect the precise location of the last resting place of her crew of 35 brave men from those wishing to desecrate the remains of the hull and its contents
  • Advocating the preservation and presentation of the submarine HMAS AE2 located in Turkish waters in the Sea of Marmara, contributing to an informed debate on the future of the wreck, ensuring the the contribution of AE2 to the Gallipoli campaign  is duly recognised and promoting an educational project on AE2 to recognise the historical significance of her WW1 operations.
    • There is an AE2 education project available on the ATOM website:  there are two programs available for free dowload : one for primary level and the other for secondary level.
  • Establishment of an Australian National Submarine Museum.  The purpose of the ANSM is to tell the story of submarines in Australia's history to the whole of the Australian community and to others who have an interest.  It will aim to achieve this through an easily accessible, high quality website which will include links to relevant physical displays in Australia and around the world.  It is to be an online presentation of a network of information that shows the role of submarines in Australia's story.
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