Starter something good on Success

Published on LEUT John Thompson (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Success (OR 304)

Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Andrew McDonald, left, and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Chad Freund stand next to the ‘star delta starter machine testing system’ which was developed onboard HMAS Success during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Andrew McDonald, left, and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Chad Freund stand next to the ‘star delta starter machine testing system’ which was developed onboard HMAS Success during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.

Challenge issued and accepted. A leading seaman aboard the retiring HMAS Success has created what is believed to be Navy’s first on-board star delta starter machine testing system.

A star delta starter is a common electrical ‘switcher’ used to start a pump or fan motors.

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Chad Freund said he and his colleagues were asked to come up with a system to recreate actual faults in the ‘switcher’ as a way to help train junior electricians.

“I love a challenge but I was a little concerned because I didn’t know whether we’d have the components on board to actually put together a workable testing system,” Leading Seaman Freund said.

It turned out Success had everything that was needed, he said.

“We found some redundant pieces of equipment including a starter box, a small motor and some cabling and were able to piece it all together.

“The key part was then to find where we could induce a series of faults in the system to give our young trainee sailors practical training on electrical fault finding, without having to wait for an actual break down on board.”

Chief Petty Officer Andrew McDonald, who issued the challenge, said Leading Seaman Freund did a great job.

“To my knowledge, this is the first star delta testing machine purpose built for one of our ships,” Chief Petty Officer McDonald said.

“I set the task because I want all my able seaman to feel confident when they go into their Trade Qualification Course that they know what they’re doing – my aim is to help all of them to pass their TQC.”

Leading Seaman Freund planned to make a few more improvements to the system and hand it to the fleet support unit at HMAS Kuttabul to incorporate into its training programs.