HMAS Sirius had some special visitors for a tour in early December, a group who all have associations with her namesake cadet unit, Training Ship (TS) Sirius.
Twelve Australian Navy Cadets and Instructors from TS Sirius, based in the St George area of Sydney, and eight members of the Sons & Daughters of Sirius, an association of ex-cadets, were treated to the 'insiders tour' when the usually Western Australian-based ship was alongside at Fleet Base East in Sydney.
HMAS Sirius, one of Navy's replenishment ships, called into Sydney after completing a very busy three month exercise period, which included visits to India, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Sirius Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Jenkins said that three officers gave up their time to introduce the ship to the visitors, who were provided with a very comprehensive tour which took in the upper deck, fuel transfer control station, the engine room and the bridge.
"Cadets listened intently to the interesting brief delivered by Midshipman Patrick Brown, and were eager to hear about Navy life and what qualifications are required to join the Royal Australian Navy once they finish their school studies," Lieutenant Commander Jenkins said.
"We opened the ship's canteen for the occasion and many members of the group took the opportunity to purchase HMAS Sirius ball caps as a memento of the visit."
Commanding Officer Sirius, Commander Michael Oborn, who had assumed command on the ship's arrival in Sydney, addressed the visitors on the bridge and again at the gangway on departure.
Ample time was allowed on the bridge, where everyone took in the atmosphere of the ship and the magnificent surrounding views of Fleet Base East and Sydney Harbour. In faultless weather, cadets were able to see numerous Fleet units alongside and a harbour busy at work.
The Convenor of Sons and Daughters of Sirius Association, Mr Bruce McIntosh, presented Commander Oborn with an Association ball cap prior to departure.
From the enthusiasm shown by the cadets in the ship and for life in the Navy, there is no doubt that we will see some new recruits joining from TS Sirius in the future.