Rankin Home for Christmas

December 16, 2018 – After nearly seven months away on deployment, the crew of HMAS Rankin has returned to Fleet Base West, to be met by the sight of familiar faces. Arriving just in time for Christmas, the crew were welcomed by friends, family and representatives of the Submarine Force. Rankin’s return to her home port comes after several busy months at sea, the highlight being her involvement in the multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 18. Life goes on and being away for such a long period saw…

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Rankin renders assistance

It is a rare occasion that a submarine finds itself involved in the co-ordination of life-saving events, however that is exactly how the day began for the crew of HMAS Rankin last month. In transit through the Success Parmelia Channel just west of Fremantle, a single red flare initiated what can only be described as a true example of the mutual respect and mateship held between mariners. With winds gusting up to 30 knots and the sea rising to 2 – 2.5 metres, dozens of ocean paddlers participating in ‘The…

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