U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Australia -- The U.S. Navy submarine USS Asheville welcomed Australian and United Kingdom visitors on board while in Perth this week, with pierside tours and a day ride out off the Western Australian coast.
Docked at HMAS Stirling Naval Base near Rockingham, the nuclear-powered submarine hosted Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, Treasurer Jim Chalmers, Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy, plus WA Federal MPs Minister for Northern Australia and Resources Madeleine King and Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh.
On Wednesday, a number of Australian and diplomatic guests including U.K. High Commissioner Vicki Treadell, U.K. Consul General Tina Redshaw and Federal Member for Solomon Luke Gosling MP joined U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Rick Seif, Commander, Submarine Group 7, U.S. Consul General Perth Siriana Nair and U.S. Embassy Canberra Naval Attaché Captain Kevin Quarderer for a ride out in local waters.
They received a unique view above deck and experienced diving operations and fire drills, plus had the opportunity to meet and interact with proud U.S. Navy sailors.
The Royal Australian Navy’s Chief of the Nuclear-Powered Submarine Taskforce Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead and Rear Admiral Matt Buckley also met U.S. Navy leadership before touring the submarine.
Additionally, while in Perth visiting USS Asheville, Rear Admiral Seif took time to participate in a roundtable discussion with researchers and students at the University of Western Australia’s Defence and Security Institute.
One of the U.S. Navy’s Los-Angeles class fast-attack submarines, USS Asheville is visiting Perth for combined training exercises with Royal Australian Navy submarine forces as part of a regularly scheduled patrol in the Indo-Pacific region.
Sailors are enjoying shore leave in the surrounding areas of Rockingham, Fremantle and Perth.
The last U.S. Navy submarine to visit Perth was USS Mississippi in November. This followed visits by the submarine tender the USS Frank Cable and submarine USS Springfield in April 2022.