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HMAS Platypus

118 High Street

North Sydney, NSW 2060

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Jointly organised by the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) and Submarines Association Australia (SAA), this event is to celebrate 50 years since the rebirth of the Australian Submarine Arm when HMAS OXLEY arrived at HMAS PLATYPUS on 18 August 1967, coincident with the commissioning of HMAS PLATYPUS.

OXLEY was subsequently followed by OTWAY, OVENS, ONSLOW, ORION and OTAMA. HMAS PLATYPUS served as the purpose-designed submarine base until 1999 when all submarines (Collins class and the remaining Oberon class) were base-ported in Western Australia.

After the RAN closed HMAS PLATYPUS and the RAN Torpedo Maintenance Establishment, the site was handed to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for remediation and eventual opening to the public.

An event that will attract the highest echelons of the Royal Australian Navy, the ceremony will also include the unveiling of a memorial to Australian submariners (sponsored by the NSW Branch of the SAA) who died while serving in Australian submarines. Wreaths will be welcome to be laid at the Submariners’ Memorial towards the end of the dedication service to be conducted by Father Keith Dalby of St Johns Church, Gordon.

Please note that there will be no vehicular access to the PLATYPUS site and limited parking spots are available at Hipwood Lane. Taxis and/or ferries are the recommended means of transport.

The official ceremony will be followed by a tour of Spectacle Island submarine collection and, that evening, a 4-hour 'Meet and Greet' at the Kirribilli Ex-Services Club for all those who served in HMAS PLATYPUS, RANTME, the submarines that were based there and all other submariners and their partners.

This registration form covers all three events.

All attendees are invited to wear decorations and medals with uniform and civilian dress for the PLATYPUS Ceremony.

Overall program of Events:

10.00 High Street gate open for general audience
10:30 VIP arrivals by car
11.00 50th Anniversary Ceremony followed by dedication of Submariners' memorial
12.00 Buffet Lunch
12.45 VIPs depart
13.30 Ferry departs for Spectacle Island. PLATYPUS site open for inspection (with restrictions)
15.00 PLATYPUS gates close
16.20 Ferry returns to High Street (North Sydney) Wharf via Circular Quay if needed
18.00 Meet and Greet begins, Kirribilli Club
22.00 Meet and Greet closes

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