The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has successfully carried out a submarine escape and rescue exercise in waters off the West Australian coast.

As part of Exercise Black Carillon, the escape exercise involved transferring personnel from a bottomed submarine to the James Fisher Submarine Rescue Vehicle, LR5, for transportation to the surface.

Escaped personnel managed to board the Australian rescue ship, Seahorse Standard, with specialised navy medical teams and equipment embarked.

The exercise successfully demonstrated that the procedures and equipment of the submarine safety system are in place to rescue personnel in the event of a submarine incident.

Black Carillon is the 12th in a series of the navy’s submarine escape and rescue exercises designed to demonstrate RAN submarine-rescue capability.