Canberra's new Captain sinks teeth into the role

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Canberra (L02), Exercise TALISMAN SABRE

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, participates in a controlled demonstration of an apprehension serial with Military Police Dog Macca and his handler Corporal Scott Parsons (right) during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)
Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, participates in a controlled demonstration of an apprehension serial with Military Police Dog Macca and his handler Corporal Scott Parsons (right) during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019.

Joining a warship for the first time in the middle of a busy exercise period can be a daunting task for many. So imagine the challenges presented to HMAS Canberra’s new Commanding Officer, Captain Terry Morrison when he joined the ship recently.

The new Commanding Officer has joined in time to take the ship from the Sea Series exercises into the large multi-national Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019 (TS19), currently being conducted off the Queensland coast.

In the middle of leading one of the Navy’s largest warships in a maritime activity with a dozen warships from five nations, Captain Morrison has made time to meet many of the crew and embarked forces.

Sometimes meeting embarked forces and crew can be a difficult task due to work demands and routines. Everyone is keen to meet the new ‘boss’ with one of the embarked forces team literally tackling the CO with enthusiasm.

Military Police Dog ‘Macca’ was very excited to meet Captain Morrison and the Commanding Officer was pleased to join in the training with the MP dogs and handlers.

When asked if he was concerned by the hazards involved when training with the MP dogs the Captain Morrison said “I was more concerned that I might have hurt Macca, as I fell on him when he tackled me.”

During TS19 Captain Morrison and his team hosted a delegation of officers from the Republic of South Korea and a group of parliamentarians visiting as part of the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program.

On a smaller scale, but no less important, the Commanding Officer has initiated a series of dinners hosting the ships company in his dining room.

“It is a great opportunity to spend more time with my sailors, learn what is going on in their lives on-board and it also allows me to maintain contact with the pulse of the ship,” Captain Morrison said.

HMAS Canberra is taking part in TS19 following nearly five months away contributing to INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR and the Sea Series of exercises.

Canberra will return to Sydney next month providing the crew a welcome return home to friends and family.

“I look forward to the crew enjoying a well-earned break and reuniting with family and friends” said Captain Morrison.

TALISMAN SABRE 2019 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery:
https://images.defence.gov.au