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Navy· Public Relations,

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The R.A.N.'s submarine rescue organisation was given a

realistic test in Sydney today when the Navy staged a surprise

exercise to test reaction to a submarine emergency.

The Minister for the Navy, Senator Gorton, said that

for the exercise', the British submarine, H.M.S. TABARD, settled

on the bed of Sydney Harbour near Shark Island. The Navy sent

out an emergency "Smashex" signal, reporting that a merchant ship

had collided with the submarine

Naval craft sped to the scene and began an immediate

search for the submerged submarine. It was soon located, and Naval

divers went down to connect air hoses and prepare to recover the

submarine. ·

Several of the submariners made a simulated escape from

H.M.S. TABARD, and were rushed to shore for special treatment in

the Navy's recompression chamber at H.M.A.S. RUSHCUTTER.

Senator Gorton said the emergency organisation had reacted ‘ I

well, and that the unscheduled exercise had proved a valuable test

for all concerned.


Canberra. 29th November, 1963