19 October 2016
An Australian submarine named after a Tasmanian naval captain will dock in Hobart today.
HMAS Dechaineux is due to arrive about 6pm, pulling up alongside Princes Wharf as part of a port visit during an east Australian deployment.
The vessel is named after Captain Emile Dechaineux, the Commanding Officer of HMAS Australia (II) during the latter stages of World War II.
Capt Dechaineux was born and raised in Tasmania.
The 77m-long Collins Class submarine was commissioned in February 2001.
It is a guided missile submarine with a diesel electric motor capable of reaching 20 knots underwater.
Since commissioning, Dechaineux has successfully conducted a range of activities throughout the region in support of Defence Force exercises, operations and the Federal Government’s strategic directives.
Collins Class submarines such as Dechaineux offer stealth, long-range endurance, formidable striking power and advanced intelligence collection capabilities.
The submarine’s home port is HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.
The vessel is due to depart Hobart early on Sunday.