Submarines Association Australia
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  • 15 Mar 2019 8:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    LCDR Donald James Parker Watson RAN (Ret’d)
    CPOMTPSM John (Connie) Francis.

    Don ‘Tickety Boo’ Watson joined the Royal Navy in 1943 as a young 13 year old and following his initial officer training at the Royal Naval College he joined HMS AMBUSH as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1950.  Upon gaining his submarine qualification Don joined HMS SCORCHER in 1951 before leaving her in 1953 to join HMS TELEMACHUS then serving with the Fourth Submarine Flotilla in Sydney.  During his time in TELEMACHUS Don spent some time based out of Japan where the submarine was supporting ASW training for ships involved in the Korean War.  He loved his time in Australia and when the opportunity arose to transfer to the RAN Don took it.  He served as the Executive Officer in HMAS SYDNEY during the Vietnam War and then took a job with Pilkington Glass in Sydney where he stayed for many years, living in Darlinghurst. 
    He joined the Tasmanian Branch in 2000 soon after he arrived in Hobart from Sydney.  On arrival Don immediately immersed himself in the local theatre and arts scene where he made many friends.  He also made many friends amongst the local submarine fraternity and was a regular at many of our meetings and social functions before age and infirmity slowed him down in recent years.
    Don is now on Eternal Patrol having died peacefully at the Gardens Claremont on Saturday, 9th March.   A funeral Service will be held at 11.00 am on Monday 18th March 2019 at the Wellington Chapel, Queens Walk, Cornelian Bay Cemetery.  Members are cordially invited to attend if available.
    In lieu of flowers donations directly to RHH Research would be appreciated.

    Fellow Submariners, it is with a a heavy heart and my sad duty to inform you that John (Big Connie) Francis crossed the bar this afternoon from the big  "C"
    Alan Francis in Adelaide rang me two hours after his passing.
    Our hearts, condolences and our support go out to his  Wife Aurora and Family and God bless you and give you the strength to navigate through these next few days until arrangements are made.
    We will be advised in due course
    Sadly, Shut and Clipped.


    O Father, Hear our prayer to thee
    For your humble servants
    Beneath the sea

    In the depths of oceans, as oft they stray
    So far from night, so far from day
    We would ask your guiding light to glow
    To make their journey safe below

    Please oft times grant them patient mind
    Then ‘ere the darkness won’t them blind
    They seek thy protection from the deep
    Please grant them peace when ‘ere they sleep

    Of their homes and loved ones far away
    We ask you care for them each day
    Until they surface once again
    To drink the air and feel the rain

    We ask your guiding hand to show
    A safe progression sure and slow.
    Dear Lord, please hear our prayer to thee,
    For your humble servants
    Beneath the sea.


  • 02 Dec 2018 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Well folks it’s that time of the year and I’m old fashioned so Merry Christmas!!

    2018 has been a relative busy year and as we move into 2019 I reflect on those who are struggling and those who have passed. Christmas can be, for some, a very stressful time in their lives so please don’t forget to reach out to those who are not in as good a space as we are. It only takes a few minutes to ask RUOK? 2018 also saw the passing of a few Squadron stalwarts and I ask you to spare a thought for Ross “Runt” Anderson’s and Norm “Bungy” Williams’s families in this “festive” time.

    Bruce Dunster remains our Treasurer and continues to operate our Slop Van so why not have a look on our website as pick yourself up some unique Xmas presents for your family or friends!!

    The SAANQ have been invited to attend the ANZAC Day 2019 services at Bowen and I urge as many of the SAANQ members to attend. Bowen RSL is the site of our Headquarters and I thinks its time we gave them a shakeup and show them what Submariners are really about.

    I’m sure the Events Calendar will be updated soon to reflect the dates and venues for the 2019 SAANQ General and Annual Meetings, however it doesn’t take these meeting to have get togethers. As a suggestion - if members want to have informal get  togethers or dinners etc, Expressions of Interest (EOI) could be posted on our website. It’s often the impromptu get togethers that are the best. I'm happy to host a smokie in 2019 to christen the new shed/rec space.

    Trish and I will be away from 05 December 18 to 15 February 2019 so on behalf of her and myself, have a fantastic Xmas, a pissy New Year and above all keep safe!!


    President SAANQ


  • 26 Jun 2018 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    It is with great sadness I inform you of the passing of Norm "Bungy" Williams. Norm was a stalwart of the SAA and the creator of the Chiefs Log in Up Periscope. His wit and cutting satire was  enjoyed by all = even those who were on the end of his humour.

    As you would be aware Norm was fighting cancer for some time now and remained stoic up to the end. He will certainly be missed by all that knew him around the world.

    Vale Norman "Bungy" Williams OAM

    Rest in Peace

  • 09 Jan 2018 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with a heavy heart that we have to report the death of Ross (Runt) Anderson.

    Ross was killed in a motor vehicle accident yesterday and his wife Tina is in hospital with critical, but stable injuries. Our prayers are for a full recovery for Tina.

    I joined the squadron and did my part 1&2 with Runt. He was a terrific bloke and his loss is very sad.

  • 01 Mar 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please have a look at the following link. It makes interesting reading.

  • 03 Aug 2016 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Well the Bowen AGM was a great weekend. There was a good rollup and the hospitality shown to us by the Bowen RSL was spectacular.

    Had a great night for the meet and greet on the Friday night where we got to interact with the RSL members and of course gave Bruce a chance to shake their pockets out via the raffles.

    The Bowen RSL is an excellent venue and is positioned fairly centrally in our region.

    The AGM saw most of the executive re-elected in their present positions, but we welcome Steve Kadel in his new role as Vice-president. Well done Steve.

    It was great to see Penny Davis put up her hand for the committee and of course good to see Brian Germain remaining on as Welfare. Brian intends extending his training in the near future. Cole Klease remains on the committee and will represent the branch at the upcoming National AGM. Thank you Cole. It was very nice to catch up with Cole and Jan again.

    It was great to see Col Lewis and Robin Needham come up from Cabulture for the meeting. Always good to catch up.

    We look forward to the upcoming year and hope to see as many as possible at the Christmas meeting in Airlie Beach.

    Don't forget to use this website as a communications tool. We pay a motzer for it and should get our money's worth.

    Trust all are well, but please let us know if you are not travelling too well or know of someone you believe is struggling.

    Garth Schmidt


  • 17 Nov 2015 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new look Silent ANZAC shirts are now displayed on the slops page.

    First orders are being put in on 23 November.

    Cost is $65 including postage.

    Production will be limited to 100 shirts all individually numbered and there are only limited numbers left so be quick and get your order in.

    Email me at with sizes and numbers required.

  • 13 Jun 2015 11:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi gang

    This was sent to me today, have no idea what they are trying to say hehehe

    It is a short film titled "Worse Than A Colonoscopy ? 

  • 28 Nov 2014 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Also available at the next meeting there will be limited items of 100 years of Submarines merchandise available:

    5 x hard cover Centenary of Australian Submarines (RRP $40 members price $35)

    4 x 100 year coffee mugs ($20)

    5 x travel mugs ($25)

    8 x large 100 year dolphin car stickers ($25)

    Members can pre order - first in best dressed.

    The usual association merchandise will also be available



  • 03 Nov 2014 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spider Webb sent me a link that, as an old fart, made me smile. You old blokes may relate and the young blokes can see what's ahead of them.

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