After departing Fleet Base West at the end of May, Collins Class submarine, HMAS Sheean, has made a welcome return to friends and families who lined the wharf on August 14.
Among the welcoming crowd was the Director General Maritime Operations, Commodore Matt Buckley, CSC, RAN.
Commodore Buckley, who exercised Operational Control of Sheean throughout the deployment, is also a previous Commander of the Submarine Force.
“It’s been a few years since I stood here to welcome back one of our boats, and I am delighted to be here today,” he said.
“HMAS Sheean performed exceptionally well in their recent theatre deployment.
“The deployed presence of RAN submarines in the Indo-Pacific underpins their vital role as the national maritime strategic deterrent capability.”
Commander Submarine Force Captain Geoff Wadley also acknowledged the importance of an effective submarine force and noted the hard work put into the submarine enterprise by both military and civilian organisations.
“It’s been a busy year for our boats, which has resulted in significant submarine activity around Australia and overseas,” he said.
“It’s important and gratifying to see everyone in the submarine community, no matter what they do, contribute to providing Australia with a potent and reliable submarine capability.”
Sheean’s crew will now get the opportunity to spend valuable time with their families, as well as catch up on leave and training requirements, as the boat takes a well-earned rest from operational duties.