International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office


The Royal Australian Navy’s annual Submarine Escape and Rescue Exercise BLACK CARILLON will take place in exercise areas just off the coast from Fremantle, Western 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 Fleet Base West and the Submarine Escape Training Facility.  This period will be utilised for medical scenario and desktop preparation, submarine familiarisation and training for the ESCAPEX which will occur during the final phase of the Exercise.

 This years Exercise will again see the mobilisation of the James Fisher Defence Submarine Rescue Suite, centred around the Submarine Rescue Vehicle LR5, to sea for 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 concluded with a deep dive by LR5 to a target plate located at 400m.

 Two significant 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 six personnel 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 Western Australia to embark onboard Besant for the second sea phase to observe the ESCAPEX and get a first hand exposure to some aspects of Australia’s solution to SMER.

 This information was derived from official  RAN

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