While making the transit home to Fleet Base West, having supported the Australian Defence Force units participating in Exercise BERSAMA LIMA in Asia, the ship’s company of HMAS Sirius celebrated the promotion of their Commanding Officer to Captain.
Fronting his crew as a Commander, Brian Delamont was stripped of his rank slides. Following a time-honoured tradition, the youngest and oldest members of his crew donned new ‘Captain’ rank slides on their skipper.
Coincidentally, the youngest and oldest members were both Maritime Logistics Supply Chain sailors (ML-SC), and both held the rank of Seaman.
“It was really great to be part of the occasion,” SMN ML-SC Kira McAliece said.
While on the transit home, Sirius also refuelled the Royal Navy ship’s HMS Illustrious and HMS Daring in the South China Sea, helping one of Australia’s key multinational partner navies to extend its strategic and operational reach. The two British ships were on their way to the Philippines to support the international Typhoon Haiyan relief effort.
In addition to fuel, Sirius provided Illustrious with regular cricket score updates. The favour was repaid when Illustrious’s helicopter delivered stores collected in Singapore to Sirius.
Illustrious then broke away and made best speed to the Philippines, while Sirius set course for home.