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Submarine escape and rescue exercised off the West Coast

Posted on 11.05.2010 - 09:00 EDT in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Submarine escape and rescue exercised off the West CoastThe Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed a successful personnel transfer from the submarine HMAS Waller, while it sat on the seabed off the West Australian coast.

The exercise of submarine escape and rescue is a requirement of the RAN's submarine safety system and demonstrates that the procedures and equipment are in place to rescue personnel in the event of a submarine incident.

The method of submarine escape exercised as part of Black Carillon involves personnel transferring from a bottomed submarine into the James Fisher Submarine Rescue Vehicle, LR5, for transportation to the surface.

Upon surfacing, they are tended to onboard the Australian rescue ship, Seahorse Standard, with specialised RAN medical teams and equipment embarked.

"Black Carillon is an extraordinarily valuable opportunity to exercise our submarine escape and rescue capability," said Commander Submarine Force, CAPT Brett Sampson.

"The successful completion of the submarine escape as part of Exercise Black Carillon proves that the RAN is well equipped to take action to rescue submariners in the unlikely event of a submarine incident."

Black Carillon is the twelfth in a series of RAN submarine escape and rescue exercises designed to demonstrate RAN submarine rescue capability. The RAN uses annual Black Carillon exercises to train and demonstrate this ability.

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