Continuing his Hobart tradition

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): Fleet Base East, HMAS Hobart (D39), Commissioning

Chief Petty Officer Brendan Smart on the bridge of HMAS Hobart alongside Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Chief Petty Officer Brendan Smart on the bridge of HMAS Hobart alongside Garden Island, Sydney.
Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Brenden Smart followed his older brother into the Navy is now one of the seasoned veterans helping bring Navy’s newest ship into service.
 
Having served in the former destroyer, HMAS Hobart (II) as a “brand new Seaman Combat Systems Operator”, in 1999, he said he was very proud to be leading the operations room team as the Combat Systems Manager in recently commissioned HMAS Hobart (III).
 
Hobart (II) was where I started to learn my tradecraft, and I later had the opportunity to decommission her in 2000,” Chief Petty Officer Smart said.
 
“It was sad to see the 30-plus years of history go, but also a proud moment to be part of.
 
“I did a South West Pacific deployment on Hobart (II)'s decommissioning trip.”
 
Chief Petty Officer Smart said he was it was a great feeling to be back in a destroyer using cutting edge systems in Hobart (III).
 
“It’s a bookend to my career to continue the Hobart tradition and to bring some of the traditions of the past into the future, and to help establish the next generation of destroyers in the Navy,” he said.
 
“I’m looking forward to seeing all the many months of training and years of hard work coming to fruition as an operationally-ready unit.”
 
The family connection may have influenced him to join the Navy but he’s certainly made a career of it since.
 
“Steven served in the Navy as a Petty Officer Electronics Technician from 1986 to 2001,” he said.
 
“My older brother was a big influence on me growing up – I always looked up to him, so I very much wanted to follow his path.”
 
Hobart (III) was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 23 September and is the first of three air warfare destroyers to be delivered.