Fighting fit technician in Darwin

Published on LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author and photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Darwin (F04), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

 Able Seaman Electronics Technician Daniel Hines from Two Wells, South Australia is a Weapons Systems Maintainer onboard HMAS Darwin on deployment to SE Asia as part of Operation Indo-Pacific Endeavour. (photo: LCDR Jason O'Gorman)
Able Seaman Electronics Technician Daniel Hines from Two Wells, South Australia is a Weapons Systems Maintainer onboard HMAS Darwin on deployment to SE Asia as part of Operation Indo-Pacific Endeavour.
A sailor originally from Two Wells in South Australia is a vital cog in the wheel that keeps HMAS Darwin in fighting shape.
 
Able Seaman Electronics Technician Daniel Hines is deployed with HMAS Darwin to the South East Asian region as part of Australia’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour task group.
 
“My primary role is to maintain and operate Darwin’s 76mm gun, surface vessel torpedo tubes and missile vertical launching systems,” Able Seaman Hines said.
 
“I also take part in other whole-ship evolutions such as replenishments with our fuel tankers and damage control exercises to train for combating various scenarios such as fires and floods.”
 
After joining the Navy in February 2013, Able Seaman Hines spent a lot of time in Victoria at HMAS Cerberus where he learned the core skills of an Electronics Technician.
 
“I did well enough to dux my initial training course, then gained experience on the Anzac class frigates HMA Ships Parramatta and Warramunga,” he said.
 
“From there I specialised in weapon systems and have progressively added to my skillsets over the past two years.”
 
Able Seaman Hines said he grew up playing football with his brother and still loves the opportunity to pull on a jersey and play competitive sports where his fierce competitive spirit comes to the fore.
 
“I love my AFL and have been fortunate enough to play for both the Navy and Australian Defence Force teams since 2013,” he said.
 
In the few short years since joining the Navy, Able Seaman Hines has already built up a healthy repository of memories.
 
“I love being in the 76mm gun during shoots and training hard in all kinds of environments,” he said.
 
“Late last year Darwin was called on to provide assistance to the New Zealand Township of Kaikoura after the earthquake. “I went ashore with Darwin’s work parties and it was touching to see the gratitude of the people we were helping. “It was a hugely rewarding experience.”
 
Able Seaman Hines is now part of one of the largest Royal Autralian Navy task group deployments since the Second World War.
 
“Working on operations like this really makes you feel like you are part of something much bigger,” he said.
 
“We are providing escort to HMAS Adelaide as she visits various Asian countries and shows off her substantial humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capability to our neighbours.”