Submarine HMAS Sheean returns from five-month deployment

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean returned to her Garden Island homeport earlier this month, completing a five-month deployment.

Sheean departed Fleet Base West in early April and has operated in Asia Pacific.

During her time underway, the submarine visited Singapore, Subic Bay and Darwin.

Sheean’s Commanding Officer, Commander Darren White, said while submariners expected to spend a lot of time at sea, coming home was always a highly anticipated event.

“Just knowing that your family is waiting for you at home makes our job a lot easier.”

Sheean is the fifth of overall six subs in the Collins-class which were commissioned between 1996 and 2003. They will be replaced by 12 Attack-class submarines that will be built in Australia under a contract with France’s Naval Group.

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