M.E. is saddened to hear of any submarine incident with injury, and our hopes for a full and speedy recovery go out to this young sailor and the HMAS Waller's entire crew
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A female sailor is in a Perth hospital after she sustained burns when a flare was accidentally ignited on board a submerged RAN submarine HMAS Waller
Submerged submarines routinely use flares to communicate with surface ships during emergencies or when simulating a torpedo attack, as occurred during an exercise off Fremantle Wednesday night.
HMAS Waller received no serious damage in the incident per intial reports, and the sailor was given first aid on board before helicopter evacuation around 11:30 PM. An initial report
indicates the incident resulted in serious burns to her arms.
The navy has launched a formal investigation of the flare incident, and notified the sailor's family.
In 2010, HMAS Waller
had received the Platypus Cup
, an annual award to the Collins Class submarine demonstrating the best fleet, submarine and individual training performance for the preceding 12 months.
Submarines are always silent and strange.
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