After deploying in August for South East Asia, HMAS Sirius returned home to Fleet Base West on 13 December to the cheers of family and friends.
Sirius undertook a hugely successful deployment, both in terms of regional engagement and her operational role in support of significant bilateral, task group and joint exercises. After visiting six countries - India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia - and operating with seven different navies, there was plenty to talk around the Christmas table.
Commander Michael Oborn recently assumed command of the replenishment vessel and said that it was clear to him that the team had worked really hard while away.
“By exercising with so many navies, they’ve ensured that we can integrate seamlessly with our neighbouring maritime forces, reinforcing Australia’s commitment to provide regional security and stability,” he said.
“I’m proud to be joining such a hard-working and professional team.”
For many the deployment was an eye-opening experience.
Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Ashleigh Dean said it was interesting to see the impressive cultural difference each country had on offer.
“It gave me a great perspective on how other parts of the world operate and an appreciation of how other people live,” she said.
After completing final maintenance and administration tasks in the lead up to Christmas, the crew of Sirius enjoyed some much needed rest and respite over the holiday period.