HMAS Anzac calls on Sirius to get topped up

Published on LCDR Mark Fielder (author and photographer)

HMAS Anzac's replenishment at sea team stand clear as HMAS Sirius refuelling probe approaches the bell housing.  (photo: LCDR Mark Fielder)
HMAS Anzac's replenishment at sea team stand clear as HMAS Sirius refuelling probe approaches the bell housing.

It was the 417th replenishment at sea (RAS) for HMAS Sirius but for the ship's company of HMAS Anzac, the successful refuelling while underway marked the first since Anzac's recent anti-ship missile defence upgrade.
 
The replenishment took place while Anzac was returning home to Fleet Base East from Western Australia after taking part in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, marking 100 years since troopships left Australian shores for the battlefields of the First World War.

The crew of HMAS Anzac heave in a line on the forecastle during a replenishment at sea on route to Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney.

The crew of HMAS Anzac heave in a line on the forecastle during a replenishment at sea on route to Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney.



"Today proves that Anzac is fully prepared to take on anything that can be put to her in short order and she will continue to strive to make each and every evolution safe and efficient," Anzac's Commanding Officer Commander Matthew Doornbos said.    
 
"The ability for Anzac to be able to RAS has shown that the crew is ready for many of the challenges that will be thrown at them over the next four months as the crew prepare for further sea qualification trials, work up training and finally unit readiness at the end of February 2015," he said.

HMAS Anzac approaches HMAS Sirius for a replenishment at sea on route to Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney.

HMAS Anzac approaches HMAS Sirius for a replenishment at sea on route to Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney.


The activity was also a milestone for Able Seaman Steward Elliot Holmes, who was manning the hoseline.
 
"I enjoyed the experience of being a part of my first RAS on an Australian warship as the only other time was when I was posted to the Spanish replenishment oiler ESPS Cantabria," she said.
 
Anzac is preparing for a busy year ahead, preparing to deploy to the northern hemisphere and to part in further commemorations for the Anzac Centenary throughout 2015.