Conquering the Titans on Tuesday

Published on LEUT Rebecca Wheldrake (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Nathan Powell and Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles assessing the extent of a fire in the steering gear compartment aboard HMAS Larrakia. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)
Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Nathan Powell and Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles assessing the extent of a fire in the steering gear compartment aboard HMAS Larrakia.

Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew Attack Four regularly find themselves having one of those days where everything goes wrong. Every Tuesday in fact.
 
Instituted by Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander David McPherson, 'Titans Tuesday' is a test of all the skills a Naval ship has to offer. A chance for Command to assess the crew over the worst morning they can imagine.

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Iain Marino is strapped into a Res-Q-Mate by Petty Officer Medic Jarred Vowell, Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Berrisford and Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles while Leading Seaman Electrical Technician Bradley Irish watches on.

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Iain Marino is strapped into a Res-Q-Mate by Petty Officer Medic Jarred Vowell, Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Berrisford and Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles while Leading Seaman Electrical Technician Bradley Irish watches on.


Every Tuesday is different, and you never know what you’re going to encounter. Recent Tuesdays have involved requests for assistance from disabled vessels, multiple damage control incidents, collisions, false alarms, towing exercises and a variety of other evolutions. Often all at the same time.
 
Chief Petty Officer Mark Verhoeven organises much of the evolution.
 
“It’s a good test of the crew. They never know what is going to be thrown at them, so we’ll often have multiple scenarios running at the same time,” he said.
 
Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Marty Sammut, who has been in the Navy 25 years, believes in the training aims of the day.

“Titans Tuesday is an initiative that appraises Command of Attack Four’s ability to take appropriate actions in any scenario. This period is often a two hour damage control and boarding scenario which develops valued skills to enable Attack Four to be mission ready,” he said.
 
Having successfully extinguished the main machinery space fire last Tuesday, Attack Four waits with anticipation to see what next Tuesday will bring.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Berrisford in full firefighting outfit, preparing to make entry into the steering gear compartment in HMAS Larrakia.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Berrisford in full firefighting outfit, preparing to make entry into the steering gear compartment in HMAS Larrakia.