Welcome home for new dad!

Published on LEUT Mark Taylor (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West

The crew of HMAS Sirius line the deck as the ship prepares to come alongside at Fleet Base West following a six month deployment. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)
The crew of HMAS Sirius line the deck as the ship prepares to come alongside at Fleet Base West following a six month deployment.

Rain did not deter friends and families who waited patiently at Fleet Base West to welcome home HMAS Sirius recently following a busy seven month deployment.
 
However, as if perfectly timed, just as Sirius pulled into to her berth on Diamantina Wharf the rain stopped, leaving the sun to break through the clouds.
 
For some members of ship's company, a lot had changed in the time they had been away, none more so than Petty Officer Electronics Technician Robert Winter, who recently welcomed a new addition to the family.

Petty Officer (PO) Electronics Technician Robert Winter holds his daughter Abigail (5 months) after returning from a six month deployment on HMAS Sirius. PO Winter was greeted by his wife Kelly and Abigail who braved the rain and stormy conditions to meet him on the wharf at Fleet Base West.

Petty Officer (PO) Electronics Technician Robert Winter holds his daughter Abigail (5 months) after returning from a six month deployment on HMAS Sirius. PO Winter was greeted by his wife Kelly and Abigail who braved the rain and stormy conditions to meet him on the wharf at Fleet Base West.


 
“It’s really good to be home and great to be able to assist my wife and be a part of the experience of looking after my little girl.
 
"I was lucky to be able to come home briefly for her birth and now that I am home it’s amazing how much she has changed and how fast she is growing.
 
"I have been away for four-fifths of her life so far and she has doubled in size since I last I saw her,” Petty Officer Winter said.
 
It has been a very busy year for Sirius with two extended maintenance availability periods, including several months in dry dock in Sydney, before an assessment period in October, participation in Exercise DISTANT SHORES and the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event in November. Finally Sirius provided support to the G20 Summit in Brisbane before the long transit home.
 
Ship's company is now enjoying some brief 'rest and recreation' before completing final maintenance and administration in preparation for the Christmas period, when, Sirius will be 'on watch' to respond to any emergencies at short notice.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143673.