Bingara local keeps the lights on in Hawaii

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Dave Knight (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Location(s): Honolulu, Hawaii

Topic(s): Exercise RIMPAC

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Daniel Abe aboard HMAS Warramunga during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)
Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Daniel Abe aboard HMAS Warramunga during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Daniel Abe is literally keeping HMAS Warramunga’s lights on and the ship underway in waters around Hawaii for Exercise RIMPAC 16.

Chief Petty Officer Abe is currently deployed with the Anzac Class Frigate for the world’s largest maritime exercise from 30 June to 2 August involving 25,000 personnel from 26 nations with a common interest in the Pacific region.

Onboard HMAS Warramunga, the 31-year-old Bingara local is responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of the electrical generation and distribution systems. 

He also trains and mentors junior sailors within the Marine Engineering department. 

“This is my third RIMPAC and they are always busy days due to the sheer scale of the exercise,” Chief Abe said. 

“This year we are part of the Expeditionary Strike Group with HMAS Canberra and United States Navy Ships USS America and USS San Diego.

HMAS Warramunga is conducting live-fire activities, anti-submarine serials and other maritime activities to combine capabilities with international partners.

It will also use its embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk for anti-submarine and other maritime aviation activities.

Daniel joined the Defence Force in 2003 from his hometown Bingara and now lives in Sydney with his wife Rebecca and their two children Connor and Isobella.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in the Royal Australian Navy and the Defence Force. It has been a very rewarding, demanding and satisfying career choice,” Chief Abe said.

“I have made some life-long friends and seen so much of the world through the various exercises and operations I have been on. 

“I would recommend this type of career to guys and girls back home in Bingara who are thinking of what to do when they have finished high school.”

Daniel has fond memories of his home town of Bingara, and enjoys regular visits to the area to catch up with friends and family when Warramunga is alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney. 

In the future, Chief Petty Officer Abe hopes to be posted to a Ships Program Office where he can fully develop his project management skills or to the Navy Damage Control grounds to teach fire fighting and flood control. 

Down the track he also plans on pursuing a commission to become a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.