Perth and Makasib united on mission

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Adam Cooper (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Members from United Arab Emirates Patrol Vessel Makasib with Commanding Officer HMAS Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN, on the bridge wing of HMAS Perth. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Members from United Arab Emirates Patrol Vessel Makasib with Commanding Officer HMAS Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN, on the bridge wing of HMAS Perth.

Following a mid-deployment port visit to Dubai, HMAS Perth coordinated a passage exercise with United Arab Emirates Navy vessel P142 Makasib, a Mubarraz class fast attack craft.
 
The fast-paced serial allowed both ships to showcase their capabilities which in turn enhances security cooperation in the Arabian Gulf.
 
Beginning with a ‘crossdeck’, or exchange, of three personnel from each ship using Perth’s Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat, Perth’s personnel enjoyed an interesting and informative tour of Makasib.
 
Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems David Taylor said the high seas transfer was not only educational but enjoyable. 

“The food they shared with us tasted delicious and the UAE crew was really friendly and welcoming,” Able Seaman Taylor said.
 
Following the tour of Makasib, Lieutenant Benjamin Thomson and Warrant Officer Cheryl Collins provided a tour of Perth to UAE Navy members Lieutenants Harith Al Shkaili and Abdallah Al Tayyari, and Sub Lieutenant Abdulla al Hamammdi.
 
It was the first time the officers had been onboard a Royal Australian warship and they were excited at the opportunity to interact with Perth’s officers and sailors.
 
During their time in-company, Perth and Makasib conducted officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres, followed by each ship exercising a 'competitive' simulated man overboard recovery.
 
Perth
came away with a narrow victory by rescuing ‘Oscar’, their man overboard training aid, first. In the spirit of good fun, both ships decided it was a draw.
 
Finally the ships conducted replenishment at sea approaches, with Makasib skilfully manoeuvring and holding station alongside the larger ship, Perth.
 
Perth’s
Navigator Lieutenant Brendan Naylor said both ship's companies benefitted greatly from the short rendezvous.
 
“It was an excellent afternoon. It provided us with a unique opportunity to work together and build on our relationship with the UAE Navy,” Lieutenant Naylor said.
 
With the passage exercise successfully completed, the ships parted ways to continue their operations in the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
 
HMAS Perth is deployed to the Middle East region as part for Australia's contribution to the Combined Maritime Forces supporting maritime security, stability and prosperity.