High seas rendezvous

Published on LCDR Simon Franklin (author), LSEW Andrew Harding (photographer)

Topic(s): Operation RESOLUTE, HMAS Ballarat (F155)

POCSS David Kennedy and ABMT Ross Kennedy together onboard Ballarat.

POCSS David Kennedy and ABMT Ross Kennedy together onboard Ballarat.

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor David Kennedy and his son Able Seaman Marine Technician Ross Kennedy had an unexpected reunion onboard HMAS Ballarat recently, during a transfer of personnel while on Operation RESOLUTE.

For PO Kennedy, an Operations Room Supervisor onboard Ballarat, and AB Kennedy, the ship’s ‘Tanky’ for HMAS Warramunga, it was a rare chance to see each other.

“We haven’t seen each other since February so it was great that we were able to catch up like this. It is quite a small world when you think about it, Lieutenant Commander Adrian Silverthorn, the Marine Engineer Officer in Warramunga and I served together in the Royal Navy many years ago and now he is my son’s boss,” PO Kennedy said.

PO Kennedy served in the Royal Navy for 23 years before joining the Royal Australian Navy in 2009, moving his wife Ady, his son Ross and daughter Mia with him. His eldest son Jamie moved to Australia earlier this year after leaving the Royal Navy and joining the Royal Australian Navy as an Aviation Sailor. Ross has been posted to Warramunga since December 2012 and Jamie is due to join NUSHIP Adelaide in 2014 from HMAS Albatross.

HMAS Ballarat is mid way through a four month South East Asian and Operation Resolute deployment. Operation Resolute is part of the Australian Defence Force contribution to the whole of government civil maritime surveillance and response capability to protect Australia’s maritime domain from security threats.