Navy’s ‘seagoing servo’ changes hands

Published on LEUT Christopher Harvey (author), CPO Shane Jones (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266), Change of Command

Commander Darren Grogan presents Captain Brian Delamont with a petrol nozzle, symbolising his achievements as Commanding Officer of HMAS Sirius. Captain Delamont was handing over command of the Royal Australian Navy Replenishment Oiler to Commander Grogan.  (photo: CPO Shane Jones)
Commander Darren Grogan presents Captain Brian Delamont with a petrol nozzle, symbolising his achievements as Commanding Officer of HMAS Sirius. Captain Delamont was handing over command of the Royal Australian Navy Replenishment Oiler to Commander Grogan.

HMAS Sirius is ‘under new management’ after a formal command handover from Captain Brian Delamont to Commander Darren Grogan.

“I have been exceptionally proud of the achievements of HMAS Sirius and her ship’s company during the period of my Command.”

“This has included recent participation in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, during which we conducted the largest Replenishment at Sea in the history of the Royal Australian Navy,” reflected Captain Delamont during the handover ceremony off Christmas Island.

Sirius has met all of her operational requirements over the period of my Command and that could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of the crew,” he said.

The change of command ceremony took place under cloudy skies off Christmas Island, with the formal exchange of a petrol nozzle - which represents the excellent support Sirius provides to the fleet.

Representing the ship’s company, Executive Officer Commander Phillip Henry presented Captain Delamont with a framed photo featuring the number of replenishments conducted during his time in command and the commissioning pennant that had flown for the last 48 hours of his command - suitably speckled from engineers ‘blowing soot’ from the ships boiler.

Incoming Commanding Officer, Commander Darren Grogan stated “I am looking forward to the many challenges of Command and wish to thank Captain Delamont for his outstanding efforts over the last two years. I am looking forward to getting to know the ship’s company over the Christmas and New Year period as Sirius continues to provide support to ships tasked on Operation RESOLUTE.”
 
Recently promoted, Captain Delamont will have a few weeks of respite before moving to Canberra and assuming the position of Director General Navy Information Warfare.