Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Submarine Life Down Under

In the process of looking for something else submarine-related on the web, I happened on the home page of the Submarines Association Australia. Below is a quote from their "The Association" link, which includes a picture of an Australian submarine warfare pin -- so pay them a visit! Note in particular the last sentence in the block quote.
Submariners world wide are a special breed, rarely understood by mere mortals and never understood by skimmers. Submariners of all nations understands this and show respect to each other, knowing the hardship and danger that each has faced to achieve membership to that elite club to which submariners belong.

Australia, like most countries that maintains a submarine force, has an Association to which submariners may join to keep contact with old shipmates, enjoy the occasional social event and to commemorate our departed comrades. Ours is known as the Submarine Association Australia with branches in all states. Membership is open to all submariners, regardless of the navy in which they served.
I haven't the time to browse through the whole site at leisure, but it is well put-together, updated frequently, and interesting. The site has a good blog as well, called The Chief's Log, which appears to have been started in January and is archived monthly.

To give you an idea of the atmosphere: The main page has a special "skimmer's entrance," which comes with a friendly warning to those we're always ready to welcome to the depths of our watery home.
WARNING: Skimmers beware! The content of this site may offend. It contains images and stories of the RAN's elite submarine force at work and play and it may give you that sinking feeling of inadequacy.

The web log I mentioned earlier is good reading and has, among other things, pictures of skimmers in the crosshairs, any of which I might have used for my gravatar had I known about them sooner.

-- CAV


At 6:43 PM, Blogger Vigilis said...

Thanks, Gus. Neat sites, both. The soundtrack on the Chief's Log starts out like Das Boot! Maybe we can get a few good Aussie sea stories from these great guys.

At 7:43 PM, Blogger bothenook said...

really. sounds like we're going to have to commit an act of random blogging to get them to follow us back to our lair. hehe

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Gus Van Horn said...


Didn't realize until now I had comments over here as they don't get forwarded to my email account like the do for my main blog. Well. Now I know....

Didn't know about the soundtrack since I lunch-blogged this at work. No sound on that computer. So thanks for mentioning that, Vigilis.

And yes, we should get some Aussies over here. Friendly lot, the Aussies, as my wife and I learned on our honeymoon to Australia.


At 8:52 AM, Blogger Gus Van Horn said...

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At 8:53 AM, Blogger Gus Van Horn said...

This post is now indexed on the Sub Report. My thanks to them for sending folks here and to whoever tipped 'em off.


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