Topic: HMAS Sirius (A266)
The Navy’s west based operational tanker, HMAS Sirius, provided essential support to Operation RESOLUTE over the Christmas and New Year period, conducting routine re-supply runs from Fleet Base West.
While making the transit home to Fleet Base West, having supported the Australian Defence Force units participating in Exercise BERSAMA LIMA in Asia, the ship’s company of HMAS Sirius celebrated the promotion of their Commanding Officer to Captain.
A focus on Force Protection by the Sea Training Unit - Submarines (STU-SM) this year not only improved this necessary competency across the Navy’s fleet of submarines, but also provided unique support to HMAS Sirius in October.
An experienced pair of hands guides the way to help HMAS Sirius prepare for a relatively short notice deployment to Asia.
HMAS Sirius usually sails with up to 70 personnel onboard but on Monday 7 October, while ships opened their gangways to the public for International Fleet Review in Sydney, Sirius opened hers to family members, Royal Australian Navy Cadets and Defence Force Recruiting candidates for a day on the water in the west.
“Distance two cables, bearing seven degrees,” reported HMAS Ballarat’s Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Tom Geraghty to his Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Doornbos.
HMAS Sirius has concluded her participation in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2013 (TS13). The Exercise, held every two years, is the largest combined air, land and sea military training exercise regularly undertaken by the ADF and forces from the United States.