Communication key to supply

Published on LEUT Theresa Swift (author), Unknown (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Leading Seaman Richard Hankinson is a member of the ships company onboard HMAS Sirius which is currently deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour.  (photo: LEUT Teresa Swift)
Leading Seaman Richard Hankinson is a member of the ships company onboard HMAS Sirius which is currently deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour.
Whatever the role of the warship, there’s still the requirement for professionals of all descriptions onboard, and in Navy’s combat support vessels communication is in high demand.
 
Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Richard Hankinson, is part of the ship’s company onboard HMAS Sirius, a replenishment and supply ship.
 
He has spent three years at sea, joining the Navy in February 2010 and has so far been part of 93 ship replenishments conducted while underway.
 
His role is to establish and maintain communications systems’ connectivity, operate strategic and tactical communications and process the information transmitted and received.
 
He previously served onboard HMAS Perth and is now training the next generation of Communication and Information Systems sailors onboard – a task of which he is most proud.
 
“I have really enjoyed my time in the Navy so far,” Leading Seaman Hankinson said.
 
And with the range of systems he can work with daily, spanning satellite and radio telegraphy, voice communication, and internet, he has an important role in a team ensuring essential information flows to enable the Navy to fight and win at sea.
 
“It is a fantastic career, one that has taught me a lot about myself as well as given me lots of amazing opportunities.
 
“The Navy made me into the person I am today - I love serving the nation and I am really motivated to continue to serve.”
 
The importance of communications is at it’s most acute when two ships are steaming side-by-side at speed connected by fuel transfer lines and kept apart by the expertise of their ships’ companies.

Sirius departed its home port of HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia in August and will return home in December - just in time for Christmas. Throughout this deployment, she has been supporting a multi-ship task group across the Asian region.
 
For more information on his role go to the Navy section of the Defence Jobs website.