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.
Following the all important welcome and safety brief conducted by the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Brian Delamont, Ship’s Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Andrew Bertoncin and the ship’s Safety Equipment Maintainer, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Paul Hyde, Sirius departed Fleet Base West and headed out into Cockburn Sound.
All up there were 99 sea riders onboard for the day.
The crew worked hard to ensure there was never a dull moment, conducting a Damage Control exercise, providing a weapons and ‘red man’ suit display as well as conducting evolutions with the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB).
Ship’s company were able to showcase their living spaces and working quarters to their friends and family.
Petty Officer Medic Submariner Kelly Fraser even took joy in having her brother on her operating table in the sick bay, demonstrating how well set up her work place was should she ever need to attend to a sick or injured crew member.
The catering department showcased their professional skills, putting on a mouth-watering spread for more than twice the number of mouths they would usually feed.
Sea riders were given the rare insight into daily routines on the bridge and a communications display involving Naval Flag Signalling ensured people got some hands on experience of one of the roles that a Communication and Information Systems sailor has.
CMDR Brian Delamont said that he saw great value in opening up his ship for a sea ride.
“Each visitor will get something from today. That might be an appreciation of what dad or mum does, or what the Navy does in general.
“For the Defence Force Recruiting candidates, today offers them a chance to see sailors conducting the jobs that they are applying for and helps to give them a more realistic understanding of the work environment that they are applying for.
“Days like this also provide the crew members the opportunity to showcase their professional skills. When their family members and other sea riders look on in awe at the crew conducting their work, it really does fill the crew with a sense of pride,” said CMDR Delamont.