Veteran warns Australia’s Collins Class submarine fleet has limited ability to save trapped submariners

A former Navy clearance diver who helped produce the first rescue system for Australia’s Collins Class submarines has warned the fleet’s interim safety equipment has limited ability to save trapped submariners.

The revelations have prompted a 50-year veteran of the military to warn Australia’s ageing submarine rescue system has severe limitations and any delays in acquiring a replacement could open a dangerous capability gap.

Captain Anthony “Dusty” Miller, who helped introduce the “Remora” remotely operated rescue vehicle to Australia in 1995, said he was speaking out publicly over deep concerns held within the submariner community.

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