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Navy tests sub detection and tracking capabilities

HMAS Hobart and HMAS Sheean have engaged in a military exercise off the coast of South Australia to test the Navy’s submarine detection capabilities.

HMAS Hobart and HMAS Sheean have engaged in a military exercise off the coast of South Australia to test the Navy’s submarine detection capabilities.

Guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart and Colins Class submarine HMAS Sheean have linked up off the coast of South Australia for a military exercise, designed to test the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine detection and tracking capability.

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Crew aboard HMAS Hobart attempted to visually identify Sheean, submerged at periscope depth.

Able Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Ricki-Leigh Viney was the first person to detect the Collins Class submarine from the bridge wing of HMAS Hobart.

“The upper decks were full with people using binoculars,” AB Viney said.

“No one thought it would be that hard to spot the periscope, but it was really difficult.”

Upon completion of the naval exercise, the crew of HMAS Hobart conducted tests and trials of the ship’s integrated sonar system, with the ship patrolling the gas and oil platforms in the Bass Strait.

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This formed part of the Commonwealth government’s commitment to maintaining a military presence in the region.

HMAS Hobart is now en route to Fleet Base East in Sydney, where it is expected to gear up for Exercise Tasman Shield in March.

[Related: Navy, JFD demonstrate submarine rescue capability]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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