Sirius sets out to support the fleet

Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266)

HMAS Sirius departs Sydney after completing a major refurbishment Fleet Base East. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)
HMAS Sirius departs Sydney after completing a major refurbishment Fleet Base East.

HMAS Sirius has departed Fleet Base East after a major refurbishment in the Captain Cook Graving Dock to satisfy Lloyds Register certification and inspection standards.

After departing Fleet Base West in August last year, the ship undertook important engagements in support of Operation APEC Assist in Papua New Guinea, and Australian and internationally led exercises, before her docking in Sydney.

She will now head north for further engagement in the Asia-Pacific, concluding with an Anzac Day visit to Hellfire Pass in Thailand before returning to her home port in Western Australia in May.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Sirius, Commander Melanie Verho commended the positive attitude of the Ship’s Company, which ensured a rapid return to sea going tasks.

“After a busy period alongside, supervising the overhaul of all major systems on-board, we’re excited to return to sea to fulfil our motto ‘To Serve and Provide’,” Commander Verho said.

“We’re also looking pretty sharp following our Haze Grey makeover and are keen to reaffirm our underway replenishment capability at sea.”

Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN (right) and Seaman Communications Information Systems Rhiannon Cadogan (left) make a post on the official Commander Australian Fleet Twitter account using the newly installed wireless access point in the Junior Sailors mess onboard HMAS Sirius.

Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN (right) and Seaman Communications Information Systems Rhiannon Cadogan (left) make a post on the official Commander Australian Fleet Twitter account using the newly installed wireless access point in the Junior Sailors mess onboard HMAS Sirius.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead visited Sirius last week to launch her new internet kiosk.

The kiosk will enable the Ship’s Company to communicate for the first time with their family and friends in real-time through Skype and other applications, easing the burden of extended absences.

During his visit, Rear Admiral Mead sent a tweet through the new system, affirming Fleet’s ongoing commitment to improving quality of life at sea for Navy’s men and women.

“The service you, your families and friends have provided has not gone unnoticed, and I thank you for your commitment to returning the ship to sea in such a good state,” Rear Admiral Mead said, speaking of the time the ship’s company has spent away from home.

“I trust you will be warmly welcomed home in May, where you will enjoy a dedicated period of leave with your loved ones,” he said.