Topic: HMAS Sirius (A266)
Sub Lieutenant Stephanie Baulch can’t quite believe her luck. Less than a year after completing a language course in Indonesia she is back again, and ready to put her language skills to the ultimate test.
Australia’s relationship with Indonesia has been highlighted this week by a visit to the port city of Surabaya, Indonesia, by the Anzac frigate HMAS Arunta and replenishment ship HMAS Sirius. The ships are participating in Exercise NEW HORIZON - the most important maritime activity of its kind between the Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL), or Indonesian Navy, and the Royal Australian Navy.
HMAS Sirius recently conducted a port visit to Da Nang, Vietnam, to further strengthen Australian Defence relations with the Vietnam People's Navy. Australia’s close Defence cooperation with Vietnam dates back to 1998 and forms an important part of the broader bilateral relationship.
Leading Seaman Marine Technician James Braid says he joined the Navy to see the world.
As HMAS Sirius was about to commence transiting through the Great Barrier Reef on return from a successful South East Asian deployment, Lieutenant Commander Neil Krauklis was limbering up on the bridge wing waiting for the starter's whistle to begin pedalling for the charity fundraising event 'Ride the Reef for Beyond Blue'.
HMA Ships Arunta and Sirius are in Subic Bay in the Philippines for a five-day visit. The short break from sea will give the ships’ companies an opportunity to continue their association with Filipino colleagues and experience Philippines culture and sights.
The uncharacteristic hot and hazy conditions in the South China Sea set the back drop for a planning for a passage exercise between Australia and Singapore. HMAS Sirius welcomed Operations Officers from Singaporean ships RSS Supreme and RSS Valiant and Australian frigate, HMAS Arunta, to develop a plan for interactions between the four ships.
The inaugural maritime exercise between Australia and India, AUSINDEX15, recently held off India, provided an exciting opportunity for a select few to sample life in the others' Navy.
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operations Jessica Gunning is on board HMAS Sirius currently, providing hospitality services for the ships company. Her core role includes daily food preparation and service, coordinating official functions held on board HMAS Sirius and acting as the Commanding Officer's Valet.
While in the Philippines for a recent port visit, Commanding Officer HMAS Sirius, Commander Darren Grogan, Australian Defence Attaché to the Philippines Colonel Bruce Murray and Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta Commander Cameron Steil were pleased to host members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and distinguished guests onboard Arunta for an official reception.