HMAS Darwin successfully achieved Mission Readiness following a recent evaluation ahead of the scheduled deployment for Operation SLIPPER.
Commander Terrence Morrison, who assumed Command in August this year, said Darwin’s crew were faced with many obstacles leading up to, and during the work up, but he was proud of their ability to rise to every challenge.
“Darwin has had a very challenging year, progressing through a long maintenance period with manning constraints, followed by an intensive work up, resulting in the ship living up to its motto of ‘Resurgent’.”
“The MR process is a challenging and resource intensive period for the ship, support organisations and Sea Training Group, however the result in bringing the whole crew together into a cohesive and mission ready fighting force is well worth everyone's efforts.”
Warrant Officer James McEwan, the Fleet Gunnery Assistant for Sea Training Unit - Major Fleet Unit said Darwin performed well in their boarding component because of the right preparation heading into Work Ups.
“Darwin’s boarding teams were well prepared for the start of work ups having the right complement of people with the correct proficiencies and the right attitude,” WO McEwan said.
“The first few boardings are very challenging in getting the mechanics right. Using Seahorse Horizon as the supporting asset for boardings, the 24 personnel worked hard to get to the level expected. The ship tended to learn quite quickly.”
Considerable support assets including nine F/A-18F Super Hornets and submarine HMAS Farncomb provided Darwin with more complex warfare challenges.
ABCSO Underwater Bryce Fraser said the work up process had been challenging especially with the additional aircraft that supported their Mission Readiness Evaluation.
“The increased number of aircraft at times proved difficult to keep a handle on. Continued persistence got us through. From where Darwin was a few weeks ago to now is amazing,” AB Fraser said.
ABCSO Phillip Boston said that the whole ship requirements ensured the different departments had to work together as a cohesive team.
“The workup was definitely an interesting experience. Having Sea Training Group on board helped us to fine-tune our tactics, and provided us with a great opportunity to train and hone our skills,” AB Boston said.