Currently, people are unable to enjoy all the visitor experiences afforded by our destinations on Sydney Harbour. Fortunately, our DigiTalks series enables regular visitors – as well as the wider Australian community – to overcome the tyranny of distance and stay connected with our places.
Each instalment will feature a presenter who can offer rich insights into our heritage destinations, including their history, flora and fauna, or who can speak more broadly about the history of the world’s greatest harbour.
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of HMAS Onslow’s arrival at the HMAS Platypus submarine base in North Sydney, we’re hosting a very special DigiTalk on Wednesday 8 July. It will be a panel discussion with Mick Dunne, Kim Pitt and Geoff Anderson – three of the officers who were aboard the Oberon-class submarine on its maiden voyage to Australia from Scotland, where it was built. Named after the coastal town of Onslow, Western Australia, the submarine was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 22 December 1969 and arrived at HMAS Platypus, on 4 July 1970. HMAS Onslow was decommissioned in 1999, and is preserved by the Australian National Maritime Museum.
About the presenters:
Mick Dunne was the Sonar (and CASH) Officer in ONSLOW from August 1969 until March 1971. Mick joined the Navy in 1963 and attended the Naval College in Jervis Bay, he left the navy in 1998 after 35 years. Throughout his career, he served on various O submarines, including HMAS Onslow, Ovens & Otama.
Kim Pitt served for 32 years as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy specialising in submarines and working in the operational, intelligence and logistics disciplines of Defence. He commanded submarines, the submarine Squadron and shore establishments; held senior positions in the Navy Policy and Defence Intelligence arenas and on retirement was Chief of Staff to Navy Support Command. He counts being the Navigating Officer of HMAS ONSLOW when it was commissioned in Scotland as one of several highlights of his submarine career.
Geoff Anderson was an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy from 1962-1989. Throughout his careers he served on various O class submarines, including HMAS Onslow, Ovens, Otway and Oxley. He was the Commanding Officer on HMAS Onslow from 1978-1979 and on HMAS Otway from 1985-1986.
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