Aussies surface for a look at us (+photos) 5:00AM Tuesday February 12, 2008
The Aussies are here ... and if you weren't watching closely, you didn't see them coming.
For these sailors, a trip "down under" means going beneath the sea in one of one of the largest and most sophisticated conventionally powered submarines in the world. Their ship is the submarine HMAS Rankin, known as "the Black Knight", and it popped up in the Waitemata Harbour on its way to Devonport Naval Base, where it will spend two weeks on a maintenance visit.
Royal NZ Navy officer Dave Barr said the Australians were looking forward to their time in New Zealand waters. Most Australian submarine operations took place in Perth, so visits to Auckland were rare.
The last Australian submarine to visit Auckland was HMAS Farnscombe in 2005.
- NZ HERALD STAFF
The HMAS Rankin passes through the Waitemata Harbour. Photo / Paul Estcourt
A8-141 D1-17 F-111C Delivered to RAAF 01/10/73. Served with 6 Sqn. Crashed, 25/10/78 in the Hauracki Gulf, northeast of Waiheke Island near Auckland, New Zealand (6 Sqn). involved with Exercise Longex 78 at the time. cause of crash was an explosion in the wheel bay caused by a ruptured hot air line igniting fuel drawn into the wheel bay whilst fuel was being dumped to allow emergency landing at Whenuapi. Aircraft had experienced hot wheel well warning and had opened speed brake (U/C door) to cool wheel well. This accident led to barring of "dump & burn" for some time after accident. A New Zealand Navy [diver?] died during diving operations on the wreckage. RAAF Ejection number 52. Crew ejected in escape module at 2,700 ft and 226 kts. Both Crew survived ejection. The escape module, all that is left of A8-141, is now located at RAAF Amberley. The two crew members achieved Star Rank; Air Vice Marshell Dave Rogers and Air Commodore Peter Crowder. Crew Module believed to be used for Training. Crew Module on Display Avalon Airshow 2003."
Last Edit: Feb 13, 2008 12:51:11 GMT 12 by FlyNavy
+++Most Australian submarine operations took place in Perth, so visits to Auckland were rare.+++
I dunno about visiting Auckland, but of the six subs, two are deployed from Sydney at any given time. Although, given that the RAN has trouble crewing more than three Collins boats, that figure may well alternate between one and two.
+++to visit Auckland was HMAS Farnscombe in 2005+++
Kiwi newspapers must employ the same hacks as Oz media to file their defence copy. No such thing as HMAS Farnscombe. Farncomb, yes, Farnscombe, no.
And, while we're at it, no definite article is ever, ever but EVER required when describing a RN/RAN/RNZN ship. It's NOT "the HMAS Scuttlebutt" but, simply "HMAS ......"
The RAAF take it to air shows around the country, and I photographed it here at the 60th Anniversary of VJ Day in Canberra in 2005.
I gather this cockpit was/is used as a cockpit procedures trainer.
from pprune:I believe that the very capsule employed at Ohakea is the same one that has been a travelling exhibit for the RAAF at airshows etc ever since. Tilted at an angle it gives a very good look in the cockpit.
With the two crashes in NZ, and presumably others in Australia, 'NZ Wings' came up with this little ditty:
A daring young pilot named Kevin Took off in an F-111 He left with a roar at 6:44 And crashed at a Quarter to Seven