Submariner Lifestyle


A Collins Class Submarine is like no other workplace, though life on board has familiar features such as work shifts (watches), meal times and periods for relaxation and exercise.


Life ashore

Submariners enjoy a balanced lifestyle in one of the sunniest spots in the country - Western Australia. From the beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife of Perth to the excellent facilities on base, you'll come to love life in the west. Further afield on deployments you'll enjoy time ashore in Sydney, and overseas in Asia and even Hawaii.


On base

HMAS Stirling is home to the Navy's submarine fleet and is located on Garden Island, close to Fremantle and Perth. There's accommodation should you choose to live on base and lots of facilities that many Submariners enjoy:

  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Gyms and fitness centre
  • Cafeteria
  • Pool tables
  • Sporting fields
  • Swimming pools
  • Bar

On Garden Island, there are beautiful parklands and peaceful white beaches, ideal for hiking, surfing or fishing. When you're not on duty, you are free to explore the island and surrounding areas.





Typical Breakfast

Grilled bacon, baked beans, hash browns, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt and fruit juice.

Typical Lunch

Veal schnitzel parmigiana, pork chow-mein or salt and pepper squid with rice, with a choice of vegetables.

Typical Dinner

Seasoned fish with lemon butter, beef sausages and brown onion gravy or chilli plum pork with savoury rice, with a choice of vegetables and followed by apple strudel and custard.


History & Tradition

Explore the traditions and proud history of the Royal Australian Navy's submarine service.

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The Dolphins Badge

The Dolphins Badge is a point of pride for every Submariner. It is awarded to officers and sailors who have completed the comprehensive training required to qualify as a Submariner. Known as the Submariner's 'dolphins', this widely respected badge features two dolphins and a crown.


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The Jolly Roger

When a submarine sank its first enemy warship in World War 1, she returned to harbour proudly flying a Jolly Roger as a cheeky 'dig' at Naval Commanders who felt submarines were "underhand, underwater and damned un-English". The tradition continues and the flag is now flown each time a submarine returns home from a successful wartime patrol.