International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office
EXERCISE BLACK CARILLON 2015
Australian Navy’s annual Submarine Escape and Rescue Exercise BLACK
will take place in exercise areas just off the coast from Fremantle,
Australia during the period 14th September to 9th October 2015. This will be the
fourteenth in the series of
RAN Submarine Escape and Rescue (SMER) exercises which is designed to
demonstrate and evaluate the RAN submarine rescue capability.
Leading up to
the Sea Phases, a two week harbour training period will be conducted at
Base West and the Submarine Escape Training Facility.
This period will be utilised for medical
scenario and desktop preparation, submarine familiarisation and
the ESCAPEX which will occur during the final phase of the Exercise.
Exercise will again see the mobilisation of the James Fisher Defence
Rescue Suite, centred around the Submarine Rescue Vehicle LR5, to sea
several days of mating serials with a bottomed submarine. Open hatch operations and
the transfer of
submarine crew members will be conducted and this sea phase will be
with a deep dive by LR5 to a target plate located at 400m.
activities will occur during BC15 which are the use, for the first
time, of the
newly acquired submarine escape and rescue ship, MV Besant
- a purpose built 83m long ship designed to support
intervention for a disabled submarine incident.
The other activity will be the conduct of an ESCAPEX by
from a bottomed Collins Class submarine in shallow water.
It is expected
that a number of foreign country personnel will make the long trip to
Australia to embark onboard Besant
for the second sea phase to observe the ESCAPEX and get a first hand
to some aspects of Australia’s solution to SMER.
This information was
derived from official RAN
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