Sirius fun for west coast sailor

Published on LCDR Paul Flynn (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266), North East Asia Deployment

Leading Seaman Boatswain's Mate Jabin Roberts on the helm of the fleet replenishment ship HMAS Sirius. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Leading Seaman Boatswain's Mate Jabin Roberts on the helm of the fleet replenishment ship HMAS Sirius.

Following his twin brother into the Navy has been a life changing experience for Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Jabin Roberts.

He grew up in the South Australian town of Victor Harbour, joining the Navy in January 2007, straight from high school, like brother Beau. Leading Seaman Roberts has most recently been posted to HMAS Sirius as the Survival Equipment Maintainer.
 
A keen sportsman, Leading Seaman Roberts played AFL and Soccer in his youth, and still enjoys scuba diving, the beach, going to the gym, and turning out for the Western Australian-based Cottesloe Roosters AFL team.

“With my job you are always doing something different, which is great and at times somewhat challenging, as I am also involved in driving high speed jet rigid hull boats, seamanship evolutions and boarding operations,” he said.
 
During his naval service Leading Seaman Roberts has travelled around Australia, the Middle East and many parts of Asia.
 
“In the Navy I have formed some lifelong friendships with people from all parts of Australia, and that’s one thing I think is really cool about the Navy.

"I really get a kick out of meeting all the old sailors and hearing their stories about the old days, and seeing their passion and emotion when they tell those stories makes me proud to be in the Navy, something I expect I won’t really appreciate till I leave.
 
“Also, in the Navy you get the chance to play sports against other countries and even against the Army and Air Force.

"I have been lucky enough to play for the Navy in AFL, and WA Navy in basketball, which were both great experiences,” he said.
 
Leading Seaman Roberts thinks that the best part about being in the Navy is that he gets paid to go to places and gain experiences that he would probably never get the chance to do in a civilian job.
 
“You get to see and experience many different cultures around the world, for example, on this deployment we went to at least five different countries,” he said.
 
In late 2015, HMAS Sirius undertook a four month deployment to North East Asia.