Navigation by sea and by road

Published on LEUT Theresa Swift (author and photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266)

Lieutenant Matthew Lloyd, conducts preparations for HMAS Sirius' departure from Port of Kuantan, Malaysia. (photo: LEUT Teresa Swift)
Lieutenant Matthew Lloyd, conducts preparations for HMAS Sirius' departure from Port of Kuantan, Malaysia.

Lieutenant Matthew Lloyd took the long way round on completion of his Junior Warfare Application Course at HMAS Watson in Sydney in June, setting out on a 5,000 kilometre motorbike ride across Australia to resume his passion for salt water.

He joined the crew of Auxiliary Oil Replenishment Ship, HMAS Sirius based in Rockingham, Western Australia as one of the Royal Australian Navy’s newest specialist warfare practitioners.

“As a Maritime Warfare Officer, I am primarily responsible for executing the navigation plan of Sirius to ensure she gets to where she needs to be in a timely and safe manner,” Lieutenant Lloyd said.

Sirius departed her home port of Fleet Base West in August and will return home in December. During this time the ship has conducted a number of port visits in the South East Asian region, plus she will continue to conduct the exacting task of underway replenishment.

Lieutenant Lloyd has a key role in keeping the ship in position as she sails in close company with other naval vessels to transfer fuel via hose lines.  The precision manoeuvres often also involve concurrent transfers of food and supplies via helicopter with an underslung net. His role on the bridge of the warship is just one of a ‘well oiled’ machine that keeps the Australian Navy Fleet afloat.

And if his experience hasn’t been enough, he has plans to go from the west to the far north-east, possible past his home-town of Toowoomba to try his hand at hyrography.

“After I have completed serving on Sirius, I will commence specialisation training as a Navigator on one of the Royal Australian Navy’s hydrographic ships based out of Cairns,” Lieutenant Lloyd said.

“I am excited about my career, because my service has allowed me to visit many beautiful places within Australia and beyond.”

For more information on jobs as a Maritime Warfare Officer, visit the Defence Jobs Website.