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16/12/2005 MECC 314/05
PACC 000/03


A new publication by Jon Davison and Tom Allibone called 'Beneath Southern Seas' was launched at HMAS STIRLING today celebrating two years of work by Jon, Tom and the Navy's Submarine Force Element Group (SMFEG). The coffee-table book is the result of two years work and documents the history of Australian Navy Submarines since the commissioning of AE1 and AE2, up until today's Collins Class Submarines.

Beneath Southern Seas is a journalist's photographic documenting of RAN Submarines and was the initiative of the then Commander Australian Naval Submarine Group (CANSG), Commodore Michael Deeks, RAN, and Jon Davison who met two years ago and agreed on the plan for the project. The book is the result of both the SMFEG supporting and working with Jon Davisons' to an agreed plan. During the last two years, Jon and Tom sea rode onboard HMAS RANKIN between Sydney and HMAS STIRLING, experiencing the life of a submariner.

Commodore Richard Shalders, CSC, RAN, CANSG, along with SMFEG members and the families joined Jon and Tom to officially launch the book at HMAS STIRLING onboard HMAS RANKIN today, 16 December 2005.

"Beneath Southern Seas is a unique publication and a rare opportunity to see and read about life aboard RAN Submarines," Commodore Shalders said. "I am very pleased with the final product, it is a credit to the hard work of Jon Davison and Tom Allibone."


The SMFEG assisted Jon Davison and Tom Allibone to produce Beneath Southern Seas. Jon and Tom have drawn on existing images of RAN Submarines and taken many of their own photographs which is their preferred style of photo-journalism. They have experienced first hand a long transit underwater between Sydney and Fremantle and have produced a colourful and first class publication that is available for sale at leading book stores within Australia.

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