Navies united by the sport of cricket

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Sheean (S77), Deployments (Non-Operations)

Torpedo Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Daly and Australian cricketer Brad Hogg in the Control Room of Sheean during a tour for Mr Hogg of the boat while alongside at Fleet Base West.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)
Torpedo Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Daly and Australian cricketer Brad Hogg in the Control Room of Sheean during a tour for Mr Hogg of the boat while alongside at Fleet Base West.

Friends, family and a contingent from the Submarine Force farewelled HMAS Sheean as she sailed for a deployment to India from her home port of HMAS Stirling in 2015 for a significant milestone as the first time a Collins Class Submarine would visit India.

Commanding Officer, Commander Jason Cupples said in preparation for her deployment, the boat went through a full work up process achieving unit readiness.

"We stayed on our program since being release from our intermediate docking, which considering the scope of work, was quite an achievement," Commander Cupples said.

With the strength of his crew being their teamwork and positive attitude, HMAS Sheean achieved the aim of their deployment.

"HMAS Sheean took part in Australia India Exercise (AUSINDEX) with HMA Ships Arunta and Sirius as well as Indian vessels and aircraft exercising anti-submarine warfare and demonstrating interoperability in the Indian Ocean region," Commander Cupples said.

As part of the preparation for their inaugural visit to India, the crew hosted Australian cricketer Brad Hogg onboard. Hogg, who had recently toured India himself, was provided a tour of Sheean as well as afternoon tea with crew in the Wardroom. During the visit he signed two cricket bats which were passed to the Indian Navy hosts during Sheean's visit.

"Both countries are passionate about cricket and it was a pleasure to host Brad Hogg and speak to him about his experiences in India playing for the India Premier League," Commander Cupples said.

As part of AUSINDEX, the crew of Sheean enjoyed a number of sporting matches; which naturally included cricket, as well as involvement in official receptions and cultural tours.

The year was full of change for the crew with a new Commanding Officer, new Executive Officer, their Unit Readiness Evaluation, and visits to India, Penang and Singapore.