HMAS Diamantina building relationships

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Nathan Rollason (author), LEUT Keith Whitehead (photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Christopher Diver Goodwin, Two divers from the Forças de Defesa de Timor Leste and Seaman Clearance Diver Bryan Josephson during a two day sea ride onboard HMAS Diamantina. (photo: LEUT Keith Whitehead)
Able Seaman Clearance Christopher Diver Goodwin, Two divers from the Forças de Defesa de Timor Leste and Seaman Clearance Diver Bryan Josephson during a two day sea ride onboard HMAS Diamantina.

HMAS Diamantina recently had a successful six day port visit to Dili, East Timor, to provide training to the local Naval component.

Two Falantil-Forcas Defensa Timor Leste officers, Sub Lieutenants Santos and Nascimento, embarked on a two day sea ride for the transit back to Darwin where Diamantina resumed her duties in support of Operation RESOLUTE. 

The aim of the sea-ride was to give the two officers exposure to the command and control of a warship at sea and on operations, exposing them to multiple exercises including man overboard and damage control exercises, launching and recovering ship's boats and engineering casualty control drills.

The visitors also experienced the day-to-day and around the clock operations of a Navy vessel undertaking Border Protection duties.

Both officers relished the opportunity to observe all operations from different positions in the ship.

"It was great to see how the different departments work together to fix situations that could damage the ship," Sub Lieutenant Santos said. 

Both officers have completed their initial training with either the Royal Australian Navy or Royal New Zealand Navy  and progressed on those exchanges to their phase three Maritime Warfare Officer training.

Since returning to Timor, they have passed on that valuable experience to their counterparts.

Sub Lieutenant Santos will assume command of a patrol boat in the near future whilst Sub Lieutenant Nascimento will assume duties as a Navigating Officer.

Both were very pleased to have been given the opportunity to observe a warship from the command perspective and agreed that they had learnt some valuable new techniques and strategies in which to help improve the way in which they operate with their own ships.