Adelaide crew takes on ‘Heartbreak Hill’

This article has photo gallery Published on POIS Paul McCallum (author and photographer), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01)

HMAS Adelaide conducts a 'City to Surf' fun run on the flight deck as the ship sails to Hobart, Tasmania. (photo: POIS Paul McCallum)
HMAS Adelaide conducts a 'City to Surf' fun run on the flight deck as the ship sails to Hobart, Tasmania.

The crew of HMAS Adelaide did not let the fact they were at sea stop them from taking part in Sydney’s City to Surf, setting up their own version of the famous fun run onboard. 

Competitors ran 40 laps of the 200m-long flight deck, including up the ‘ski-jump’ ramp, which acted as a smaller version of the real race’s infamous 'Heartbreak Hill'.

Event organiser Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Kristian Weldon said it was an important break after a busy couple of weeks conducting first of class flight trials off the coast of Tasmania.

“With such an intensive period of flying operations, it’s good to get a day where the guys and girls can get some down time. 

Organising activities that are similar to what is happening ashore helps keep morale up,” Petty Officer Weldon said.

“We have our own little 'Heartbreak Hill' with the ski-ramp and the flight deck is a bit more exposed than Bondi Beach, so it’s a good challenge for the participants.”

Adelaide
 has been conducting flight trials with the Australian Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopters. 

The trials tested the Chinook’s operating limits on Adelaide in Tasmania’s cold climates. 

The crew will now sail to Darwin to test the helicopter’s limits in hot climates.

Private Steve Buchanan won the fun run in a time of 57 minutes, followed by Corporal Robert Rose, four minutes behind him.

Adelaide 
will take part in Exercise Kakadu 2016 - Navy’s premier international engagement – in Darwin next month.