Sister ships working closely together

Published on LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

(l-r) HMAS Canberra sailors, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Scott Williams and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Coen Powell with NUSHIP Adelaide Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineer, Lieutenant Dayong Bao in the weapons setting area onboard Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
(l-r) HMAS Canberra sailors, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Scott Williams and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Coen Powell with NUSHIP Adelaide Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineer, Lieutenant Dayong Bao in the weapons setting area onboard Canberra.

NUSHIP Adelaide personnel are taking advantage of the opportunity to searide in HMAS Canberra to start learning more about the Landing Helicopter Dock.

Adelaide is currently at BAE Systems dockyard in Williamstown, Victoria, while the communications and combat system fit out is completed.

Adelaide’s Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Dayong Bao said that seariding in their sister ship was a great opportunity.

“It’s a chance to learn the systems and more importantly, talk to the ship’s company onboard Canberra so we can learn from their experiences,” Lieutenant Bao said.

“By witnessing the processes and systems in action at sea, we can take more knowledge and experience into Adelaide with us.”

Only four days into his four week searide and his notebook was in overdrive, Lieutenant Bao said he had learnt so much.

“I have been working my way through all the Weapons Electrical sections and talking to everyone from the Head of Department down to Able Seaman to transfer knowledge that will benefit Adelaide and improve our transition into service,” said Lieutenant Bao.

“We have representatives from across a variety of departments who I’m sure are also soaking up the knowledge to take back with them.”

Canberra’s Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Glen Cross said that it made great sense to help each other.

“Every first of class ship has challenges, and the aim for us is to share what we have learnt with Adelaide to make their introduction into service more effective,” Lieutenant Commander Cross said.

“Members of our department are happy to help by imparting their knowledge, but importantly, we are also happy to have extra hands to help us during this busy period of first of class trials.”

Lieutenant Bao said that his experience onboard Canberra was very positive.

“The ship is great, morale is high, everyone is keen to fix things and work through the challenges.

“I feel privileged to be able to searide in Canberra and appreciate the opportunity to come onboard.

“By providing seariders, not only can our personnel learn, but we hope we can help Canberra by providing a bit more people power as they progress through first of class trials.”

Canberra was commissioned into service on 28 November, last year and has commenced first of class trials in the waters off the east coast of Australia including Jervis Bay.

The Landing Helicopter Docks are capable of conducting complex amphibious operations as well as conducting large scale humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.