RAN sub reports gas leak during exercise

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine HMAS 'Farncomb' is returning to Singapore after partial failure of its cooling system during the Five Power Defence Agreement (FPDA) Exercise Bersama Lima 2011 (BL11).

The submarine crew followed standard emergency operating procedures to clear the refrigerant gas Freon, which had leaked as a result of the failure.  No one was injured. HMAS 'Farncomb' will undertake repairs in Singapore over the coming days.

BL11 involves a total of 18 warships, one submarine and 65 military aircraft, as well as various support elements. BL11 was conducted by the FPDA member countries in various locations on the Malaysian Peninsula and in the South China Sea from October 17 to November 4.

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