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Tom Frame

Tom Frame is a former naval officer and the author of No Pleasure Cruise: The Story of the Royal Australian Navy (2005).

Tom Frame reviews 'The USS Flier: Death and survival on a world war II submarine' by Michael Sturma

April 2008, no. 300 01 April 2008
My first emotions in a seagoing submarine were a mixture of fear and exaltation. I was a seventeen-year-old cadet-midshipman ‘sea riding’ in HMAS Oxley as it prepared to fire the first Mark 48 guided torpedo acquired by the Royal Australian Navy from the United States near thirty years ago. When the boat submerged off Sydney heads and we proceeded beyond a depth of six hundred feet, I assumed ... (read more)

Tom Frame reviews 'The Collins Class Submarine Story: Steel, spies and spin' by Peter Yule and Derek Woolner

September 2008, no. 304 01 September 2008
Operating submarines has been a very expensive part of Australian naval history. The first two boats (submarines are referred to as ‘boats’ rather than ‘ships’) were lost in wartime operations: AE1 with all hands off Gape Gazelle (New Guinea) in 1914, and AE2 in the Sea of Marmara (Turkey) in 1915. After World War I, Australia was given six ‘J’ Class submarines by Britain, but lacked t ... (read more)