HMAS
Farncomb

HMAS Farncomb
Commanding Officer
Class
Collins Class
Type
Pennant
S74
International Callsign
VMLF
Motto
With Skill And Resolve
Home Port
Builder
Australian Submarine Corp, Adelaide
Laid Down
1 March 1991
Launched
15 December 1995
Launched by
Mrs Jean Farncomb (widow of Rear Admiral Harold Farncomb)
Commissioned
31 January 1998
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement
  • surfaced: 3,100 tonnes
  • dived: 3,407 tonnes
Length 77.8 metres
Beam 7.8 metres
Draught 7 metres
Performance
Speed
  • top speed: 20 knots
  • dived: 20 knots
  • surfaced: 10 knots
  • snorting: 10 knots
Range
  • surfaced: 11,500 nautical miles
  • dived: 400 nautical miles
  • snorting: 9,000 nautical miles
Complement
Crew
  • sailors: 38
  • officers: 10
  • plus trainees
Propulsion
Machinery
  • 3 Hedemora/Garden Island Type V18B/14 diesels
  • 3 Jeumont Schneider generators
  • 1 MacTaggart Scott DM 43006 hydraulic motor for emergency propulsion.
Armament
Missiles McDonnell Douglas Sub Harpoon Block 1B (UGM 84C); active radar homing
Torpedoes 6-21 in (533 mm) fwd tubes. Gould Mk 48 Mod 4/6/7; dual purpose; wire-guided; active/passive homing
Mines 44 in lieu of torpedoes.
Physical Countermeasures Decoys: 2 SSE.
Electronic Countermeasures ESM: Condor CS-5600; intercept and warning.
Radars Navigation: Kelvin Hughes Type 1007; I-band.
Sonars
  • Thomson Sintra Scylla active/passive bow array and passive flank, intercept and ranging arrays.
  • Thales SHORTAS retractable, passive.
Weapon Control Systems AN-BYG 1. Link 11
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HMAS Farncomb Badge.

Based at Fleet Base West in Western Australia, HMAS Farncomb is the second of the six Collins class submarines to enter service in the Royal Australian Navy. These submarines are a formidable element in Australia's defence capability.

Farncomb was launched in Adelaide, South Australia by Rear Admiral Harold Farncomb's widow, Mrs Jean Farncomb on 15 December 1995 and commissioned in Fremantle, Western Australia on 31 January 1998.

HMAS Farncomb sails from the Port of Albany, Western Australia.
HMAS Farncomb sails from the Port of Albany, Western Australia.

HMAS Farncomb's operational characteristics and range have been tailored specifically for its defence and two-ocean surveillance role in the Royal Australian Navy. Designed to be as quiet as advanced technology can achieve, Collins class submarines have been developed from five generations of submarines designed and built by the Swedish Navy.

One of the first submarines to be totally designed by computers, HMAS Farncomb boasts a vast range of features. They include a high-performance hull form, highly automated controls, low indiscretion rates, high shock resistance, optimal noise suppression and an efficient weapons handling and discharge system.

The submarine moves silently on electric power supplied to the propulsion motor by banks of new technology lead-free batteries. The batteries are charged by three onboard diesel generator sets.

HMAS Farncomb at anchor during Fleet Divisions in March 2009.
HMAS Farncomb at anchor during Fleet Divisions in March 2009.

The sophisticated combat system gathers its intelligence from its sensors, computes the input and then launches and directs weapons.

Since commissioning, HMAS Farncomb has successfully conducted a range of activities throughout the region in support of Australian Defence Force exercises, operations and the government's strategic directives.

Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff receives an official welcome on board HMAS Farncomb.
Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff receives an official welcome on board HMAS Farncomb.

HMAS Farncomb is named after Rear Admiral Harold B. Farncomb CB, DSO, MVO, RAN who distinguished himself in action during World War II. He commanded HMAS Canberra (I) in 1941 when the ship forced two German raider support ships to scuttle while on Indian Ocean patrol. Later, aboard HMAS Australia (II) he saw action in the Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, the East Solomons, Arawe and Cape Gloucester. He assumed temporary command of His Majesty's Australian Squadron when Commodore Collins was wounded aboard the HMAS Australia (II) at Leyte in 1944. He commanded the Squadron in operations at Corregidor, Brunei and Balikpapan.

History of The Crest

The Blazon

Per fess azure and argent; fess wavy of two argent and azure, in chief a seven pointed star and in base, a swan rampant, wings elevated, sable, beaked and legged gules, gorged with a naval crown or, in fess point two swords of justice in saltire, points upward, hilted or, proper.

Motif Description

The field colourings of blue and white represent the Navy and the Sea. The seven pointed star and the heraldic black swan are derived respectively from the HMAS Australia and HMAS Perth badges in which Farncomb served with distinction. The crossed Swords of Justice represent the practice of law by Farncomb after his retirement from the Navy.

HMAS Farncomb conducts pre-diving checks prior to diving in the rough seas off Sydney, as the boat and crew make their way to the East Australian Exercise Area for Exercise Black Carillon 2013.
HMAS Farncomb conducts pre-diving checks prior to diving in the rough seas off Sydney, as the boat and crew make their way to the East Australian Exercise Area for Exercise Black Carillon 2013.