Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Book explores life beneath the seas


Navy News

The rich history of Australian Navy submarines has been documented in a new
publication by Jon Davison and Tom Allibone.

The coffee table book, Beneath Southern Seas, was recently launched at HMAS Stirling.

It is the culmination of two years of hard work by the authors in cooperation with the SMFEG.

It documents the history of submarines since the commissioning of AE1 and AE2, up until today’s Collins Class Submarines.

Beneath Southern Seas was the initiative of the then Commander Australian Navy Submarine Group (CANSG), Commodore Michael Deeks, RAN, and Jon Davison who met two years ago and agreed on the plan for the project.

During the last two years, Jon and Tom sea rode onboard HMAS Rankin between Sydney and HMAS Stirling, experiencing the life of a submariner.

Commodore Richard Shalders, CSC, RAN, CANSG, along with SMFEG members and the families joined Jon and Tom onboard HMAS Rankin on December 16.

“Beneath Southern Seas is a unique publication and a rare opportunity to see and read about life aboard RAN submarines,” CDRE Shalders said.

“I am very pleased with the final product, it is a credit to the hard work of Jon Davison and Tom Allibone.”



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