Egg and spoon and sack racing were some of the hotly contested novelty events when NUSHIP Adelaide’s ship’s company came together last week for a sports carnival at Randwick Army Barracks.
Six teams representing the various divisions on board – Executive, Weapons Electrical Engineering, Marine Engineering, Aviation, Maritime Logistics and Amphibious – took part in the 10 event - ‘mini Olympics’. The aim of the day was to build team spirit and establish inter-departmental connections in the countdown to Adelaide’s intensive period of Mariner Skills Evaluation prior her commissioning later this year.
In a close but friendly competition, the Amphibious team took out first place, closely followed by the Executive and Marine Engineering teams.
Adelaide’s Ship’s Warrant Officer Damien Grimley said the carnival was an ideal activity to bring the ship’s company together in an activity-based social environment prior to the upcoming high tempo period of activity as well as developing an overall esprit de corps.
“Currently personnel posted to Adelaide find themselves working at a variety of different locales in the Sydney area such as HMAS Kuttabul, Lidcombe Multi-User Depot and Defence Plaza as well as at BAE Williamtown dockyards where Adelaide is currently undergoing combat and communications systems testing," he said.
"In a few weeks time many of the ship’s various departments will close in for the final stages of its sea acceptance trials to prepare the ship for its critical evaluation phase.
“We know that we are facing arduous days ahead as with any unit readiness preparation; the most important thing to keep in mind is to keep your sense of humour and 'have a laugh' whenever you can.
“When the members of our ship’s company have a good baseline of physical fitness, maintaining that good humour is so much more easier which in turn has a positive affect of the crew’s morale.
"Holding this sports day was an important step towards eventual unit readiness for our ship,” he said.
NUSHIP Adelaide is the second of Navy’s Canberra class Amphibious Assault Ships and will provide the Australian Defence Force with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world. These 27,000 tonne ships will be able to land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.