HMAS Launceston’s crew watched on closely in early February as the Armidale Class Patrol Boat was lowered back into the water in the synchro lift at HMAS Coonawarra, having spent more than two months in the dry dock conducting planned maintenance in Darwin.
Launceston entered the dock at the start of December for her 30-month scheduled maintenance period, which included a multitude of activities including routine maintenance tasks and platform upgrades.
The crew regained material control of the ship from Thales contractors and then set about the comprehensive task of restoring the ship and conducting Seaworthiness Materiel Assessments - a process to thoroughly check that systems on board are in good working order.
Leading Seaman Anthony Miller, one of the Marine Technicians on board, commended the teamwork involved in the evolution.
“It was a challenging time for the Engineering Department, but it was great to see the crew band together and get everything done in time for the undocking,” he said.
Alongside the crew during the undocking was newly appointed Commanding Officer of Launceston Lieutenant Commander Nicholas Graney, who assumed command a few weeks prior.
A proud Tasmanian, Lieutenant Commander Graney said he was thrilled to see Launceston back in the water.
“The efforts of the crew in getting the ship ready for the undocking has set a great first impression,” he said.
Lieutenant Commander Graney added that he joined his crew in looking forward to the busy period ahead, with intense training and assessments to take place prior to deploying on operations in the following months.