Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarine HMAS Farncomb returns to service

7 August 2016 (Last Updated August 7th, 2016 18:30)

The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) upgraded Collins-class submarine HMAS Farncomb has been re-commissioned into service after successfully completing a full cycle docking.

The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) upgraded Collins-class submarine HMAS Farncomb has been re-commissioned into service after successfully completing a full cycle docking.

HMAS Farncomb is the first of the Collins class submarines to undergo the new and revised maintenance regime, under which the length of full cycle docking has been reduced from three to two years.

The vessel arrived for maintenance at Adelaide-based submarine builder and maintainer ASC in late May 2014.

"We as a crew have made some very positive steps forward and well on our way to achieving Mariners Skills Evaluation in late July."

The revised regime is part of the Australian Government’s Coles Review into Submarine Sustainment project.

The delivery of the upgraded submarine also marked a major milestone in bolstering the availability and lethality of the RAN's submarine force.

Some of the improvements carried out on the submarine were refurbishing, testing and reinstalling the main motor and diesels.

Additionally, an advanced diesel generator test facility was built to test and validate the diesels off the submarine.

RAN Commander Submarine Force captain Matt Buckley said that the Training Authority has also trained a record number of new submariners during the last year.

Able Seaman Acoustic Warfare analyst submariner Mitchell Cowling said: “We as a crew have made some very positive steps forward and well on our way to achieving Mariners Skills Evaluation in late July.

“It is encouraging seeing the progress we have made since January, and we look forward to sailing from Adelaide as a worked up crew.”

HMAS Farncomb will sail with its new crew later this year.


Image: RAN officials carrying out planning activities. Photo: courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.