Topic: HMAS Sirius (A266)
Storm clouds gathered over the high seas but spirits were high as two Royal Malaysian Navy ships approached HMAS Sirius for a dual Replenishment at Sea (RAS) during Exercise MASTEX 19 between the regional partners.
The Australian and Malaysian navies quite literally kicked off their maritime training exercise this week with some good-natured sporting rivalry on the soccer field, volleyball court and tug-of-war ground.
Fresh from a successful welcoming visit to the Philippines for Second World War 75th anniversary commemorations, HMA Ships Stuart and Sirius have sailed on to Malaysia for continued bilateral engagement.
The Royal Australian Navy ships supporting the East Asian Deployment have successfully participated in a number of international engagements since their departure from Fleet Base East in late September, despite Typhoon Hagibis interrupting some of the original planning.
With the recent departure of older siblings HMA Ships Success, Newcastle and later this month, HMAS Melbourne, the average age of the Royal Australian Navy’s ships has lowered and HMAS Sirius is in her prime!
The Australian Defence Force completed a key engagement activity in Samoa in July, as part of its ongoing commitment to deepen relationships in the region.
On her way home to Fleet Base West from the warmer climes of the South West Pacific, HMAS Sirius rendezvoused with east-based HMA Ships Hobart and Choules in the waters off Jervis Bay for a replenishment at sea.
HMAS Sirius has conducted a port visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, where the ship’s company marched through the streets with the French Armed Forces to mark Bastille Day celebrations.
One sailor on board HMAS Sirius had the unique opportunity to visit her grandfather while in Samoa recently, returning to his home in the small village of Tuana’i for the first time in 12 years.
A short port visit to Hobart over the period 18-20 June 2019 provided six members of HMAS Sirius the opportunity to visit friends and family and show off their home state to their shipmates.