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Collins Class sub to tour Tasmania

HMAS Sheean is set to make a series of port visits along the coast of Tasmania.

HMAS Sheean is set to make a series of port visits along the coast of Tasmania.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean is scheduled to visit Beauty Point in northern Tasmania later this week — the first of what is expected to be four port visits along the island state’s coast, which include Hobart, Burnie and Devonport.

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Navy Commander of Submarines, Captain Doug Theobald CSC said the visits would be a “significant event” for Navy, falling between maritime exercises in the area and providing Tasmanians with an opportunity to see the sub.

“While there will be no public open days on the boat, our submariners will participate in socially-distanced recruiting initiatives and engage in community activities,” CAPT Theobald said.

“The submarine capability is one of the most strategically important and complex capabilities in our Defence Force. Port visits are an exciting opportunity for the community to gain an insight into the vital role submarines play in the security of the nation.”

CAPT Theobald added that the visits would be “particularly poignant” for Tasmanian communities, with the submarine named after Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean, who was born in north-west Tasmania.

Her Majesty the Queen posthumously awarded Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean the Victoria Cross in August last year for distinguished service in action during World War II.

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Commanding Officer HMAS Sheean, Commander Tim Markusson said his crew was looking forward to the tour.

“The crew is very proud of the name this submarine bears, and of the highly skilled work they do. We look forward to sharing our unique experiences and busting some of the myths around submariner service,” CMDR Markusson said.

[Related: Submariners recognised at HMAS Stirling]

Collins Class sub to tour Tasmania
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