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SOS! Save HMAS Ovens

HMAS Ovens needs your help.

The Foundation for the WA Museum is seeking your support to repair and repaint the iconic submarine HMAS Ovens.  

Why Ovens needs your help

Over the past 25 years, wear and tear has taken its toll on HMAS Ovens. She is located in a harsh marine environment where strong winds, salty spray and bright sunlight have conspired to badly damage her paintwork and cause corrosion to the metal below. She desperately needs paint removed, corrosion treatment and a new coat of paint. This process will involve ensuring that there is no contamination of the river or ocean during the works. Work of this scale, and involving the quite reasonable environmental safeguards, is not cheap!  



the works required

  • Full encapsulation and containment scaffolding (to safeguard the Swan River)
  • Sripping of existing paintwork and waste removal
  • Restoration of the hull, including surface preparation
  • Repainting of the submarine surface

The significance of HMAS ovens

Ovens is an Oberon class submarine which served for over 30 years. Named after the Irish Australian Explorer John Ovens (1788 – 1825), Ovens is not only one of Fremantle’s best known landmarks, it is a critical item in the State’s museum collections and a significant part of Australia’s naval history. After her decommissioning in 1995, she was gifted to the Western Australian Museum and docked on the historic shipway beside the WA Maritime Museum. She has become a favourite visitor attraction in Fremantle, with daily tours conducted by a team of passionate volunteers, most of whom are returned submariners.



How can you help?

If you would like to be a part of this important initiative to preserve WA’s rich maritime history, please use the button below to donate. There are plenty of ways you can help to save HMAS Ovens, you could:

  • Provide a personal donation
  • Provide a corporate donation or sponsorship
  • Make a bequest to the ongoing maintenance of the submarine
  • Help to promote the campaign through your networks
  • Provide in-kind support as a supplier or contractor
If you would like to discuss a sponsorship, in-kind support, promotion or bequest; we’d love to talk to you. Our contact details are below or you can reach out via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.