After several weeks in Hawaii we were moved to a new building on Pearl Harbor which was alongside the docks for the submarines. We were in our room for less than an hour when we heard a lot of commotion outside. We walked out our door on the 3rd floor and watched this Australian submarine being docked. It was quite a show – the submarine stops parallel to the dock and two tug boats push it into the space.
The next night we met several of the crew members from this Australian sub and they offered to give us a private tour of the sub the next afternoon if we wanted to see it (of course we did) but we had plans all day the next day and our flight home was the morning after that.
It doesn’t show in this picture but the American sub, the USS Columbia was docked directly behind of this one and the slot in front of the Australian sub was vacant. When we are in Hawaii we always drive to the submarine docks to see which subs are in – at different times we’ve seen submarines from a lot of different countries around the world.
Cruise ships can move sideways to move towards the dock or push away from the dock so I thought submarines could always go sideways too. They can’t. They have to be pushed sideways into the docking slot.
The flag in the photo is the Australian White Ensign (also known as the Australian Naval Ensign or the Royal Australian Navy Ensign) It is a naval ensign used by ships of the Royal Australian Navy. The familiar Australian flag with the blue background was flown on the ship as well as this flag.