13 August 2016

Australian submarine now in Subic Bay

HER Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Sheean (SSG 77), a Collins-class submarine operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), arrived in Subic Bay Freeport Zone on Friday (Aug. 12) morning.

 A statement by the Naval Public Affairs Office of the Philippine Navy said  the vessel’s port visit to the Philippines will conclude on Aug. 27.

The visiting ship’s commanding officer, Cdr. Jason Cupples, was welcomed on Friday by Cdr. Redentor R. Cortezano of the Naval Education and Training Command.

This was followed by a port briefing on health and security aboard HMAS Sheean.

Philippine Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said the officers and crew of the Australian submarine are set to conduct subject matter expert exchanges and workshop training with PN personnel.

The visit of the RAN submarine and the personnel interaction with their Filipino counterparts are in accordance with the Philippines-Australia Status of Visiting Forces Agreement, which provides a comprehensive legal framework to support defense personnel who are engaged in joint training and other related activities conducted in the Philippines or in Australia.

The visit is expected to strengthen the longstanding partnership of the two nations which paves way for an enhanced cooperation in capacity-building and interoperability to undertake humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.

Named for Australian seaman Edward Sheean -- the only submarine of the class to be named for an enlisted sailor -- the ship was laid down in 1994 and launched in 1999.

The HMAS Sheean (SSG 77) surfaces as it approaches Alava Pier at Subic Bay.