Australian Submarine Rankin SSG 78


The fleet of the Australian Navy operates six Collins-class boats. The HMAS Rankin SSG 78 is one of the Collins-class submarines and was the final one to be commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy, the sixth one. She received her name from Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin, was laid down in 1995, and commissioned into the RAN in 2003. As previous units,s he also suffered major delays due to fixing problems during the construction, compared with original design. She was awarded the Gloucester Cup, the first submarine to get that prize.

 

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  • Displacement:
    3,051 tonnes (surfaced)
    3,353 tonnes (submerged)
  • Length: 77.42 m (254.0 ft)
  • Beam: 7.8 m (26 ft)
  • Draught: 7 m (23 ft) at waterline
  • Installed power: 3 × Garden Island-Hedemora HV V18b/15Ub (VB210) 18-cylinder diesel motors, 3 × Jeumont-Schneider generators (1,400 kW, 440-volt DC)
  • Propulsion Main: 1 × Jeumont-Schneider DC motor (7,200 shp), driving 1 × seven-bladed, 4.22 m (13.8 ft) diameter skewback propeller
    Emergency: 1 × MacTaggart Scott DM 43006 retractable hydraulic motor
  • Speed:
    10.5 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph) (surfaced and snorkel depth)
    21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (submerged)
  • Range:
    11,000 nautical miles (20,000 km; 13,000 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) (surfaced)
    9,000 nautical miles (17,000 km; 10,000 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) (snorkel)
    32.6 nautical miles (60.4 km; 37.5 mi) at 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (submerged)
    480 nautical miles (890 km; 550 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) (submerged)
    Endurance: 70 days
    Test depth: Over 180 m (590 ft) (actual depth classified)
  • Complement:
    Originally 42 (plus up to 12 trainees)
    Increased to 58 in 2009
  • Radar:
    GEC-Marconi Type 1007 surface search radar
  • Sonar:
    Thales Scylla bow and distributed sonar arrays
    Thales Karriwarra or Namara towed sonar array
    ArgoPhoenix AR-740-US intercept array
  • Combat system:
    Modified Raytheon CCS Mk2
  • Armament:
    6 × 21-inch (530 mm) bow torpedo tubes
  • Payload: 22 torpedoes, mix of:
    Mark 48 Mod 7 CBASS torpedoes
    UGM-84C Sub-Harpoon anti-ship missiles
  • Or: 44 Stonefish Mark III mines

 

HMAS Rankin Submarine during training exercises in 2007

HMAS Rankin Submarine during training exercises in 2007

Operational Missions:

 

  • As a part of her training missions and during a multinational exercise in September 2003, which was attended by Rankin and sister boat Waller, Rankin successfully “sank” a Singaporean anti-submarine warfare vessel.
  • In 2004, a film crew was embarked aboard Rankin for the creation of Submariners, a six-part documentary aired by SBS in 2005 and depicting life aboard a submarine.
  • On 10 June 2005, Rankin was presented with the Gloucester Cup.
  • Rankin was docked for a long maintenance period in 2008, but workforce shortages and malfunctions on other submarines requiring urgent attention have drawn this out for so long time! that she would not be back in service until 2013. Very complicated situation for the Australian Navy.
    • At the end of the works on Rankin, personnel were transferred from HMAS Farncomb, and Rankin arrived at Fleet Base West on 1 October 2014.

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MineHunting Force
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Replenishment and Survey Force
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▽Warships in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

 
Frigate surface Force (11): The principal striking force of the RAN comes from the eleven frigates of the surface force: eight of them belong to the Anzac class and the rest (three) are units from the Adelaide class.

 
Submarine Striking Force (6): The RAN operates six Collins-class submarines. Due to technical and manpower problems these submarines might be replaced in the future by Japanese Soryu-class submarines.

 
Amphibious Force (3): There are a huge variety of amphibious warfare units, which include two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ships and the landing ship HMAS Choules.

 
Patrol Boat Force (13): There are thirteen Armidale-class patrol boats that perform coastal and economic exclusion zone patrols.

 
Mine Hunting and Warfare Force (4 + 2 in reserve):
There are four Huon-class vessels that are used for minehunting and clearance (another two are commissioned but in reserve since October 2011).

 
Replenishment Force (2 + 6 survey duties):
The task for replenishment at sea is provided by two ships, Sirius and Success. In addition, there are two Leeuwin-class and four Paluma-class vessels perform survey and charting duties.

 
Training Units (1 + 1 support vessel + 2 patrol boats):
The RAN operates the sail training ship Young Endeavour, the support vessel ADV Ocean Shield, and two Cape-class patrol boats. The latter ones are acquired thanks to the Australian Border Force.


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