One hundred million litres of fuel transferred by HMAS Sirius

Published on LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266)

HMAS Sirius conducts a replenishment at sea with multiple ships during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018. (photo: ABIS Tara Byrne)
HMAS Sirius conducts a replenishment at sea with multiple ships during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018.

Auxiliary Oiler HMAS Sirius has achieved a significant milestone with the ship supplying its one hundred millionth litre of fuel during underway replenishments at sea (RAS).

For everyday Australians, this is the equivalent to topping up the family four wheel drive 1.25 million times.

The milestone occurred during a dual replenishment of frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta off the south coast of New South Wales, with Parramatta receiving the golden litre of fuel.

Sirius conducted her 500th replenishment with Melbourne in September 2017.

Over 12 years of service, Sirius has conducted 546 replenishments at sea with the first litre of fuel passing to HMAS Toowoomba on 25th October 2006.

The West Australian-based oiler has also provided fuel to allies from Japan, USA, England and New Zealand.

Half the fuel passed at sea has been provided to allied nations during operations and international exercises.

The hundred millionth celebration was also shared with the 33rd birthday of Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Benjamin Ladner who, during the same RAS, passed a significant personal milestone. Over several postings aboard Sirius, he has been involved in the transfer of 65 million litres of fuel.

Chief Ladner said the 65 millionth milestone was an honour for stokers.

“I’ve only returned to Sirius in the past month, so it felt like a once in a lifetime achievement,” he said.

“Now I look forward to achieving other milestones with this tight knit crew of 72 over the next two years.”

Sirius will continue to 'Serve and Provide' the fleet for some time yet until the baton is passed to the recently announced NUSHIP Supply.