Celebrating a birthday at sea can be a very special experience, especially when that birthday is shared with the ship in which you serve.
Ship’s company of HMAS Launceston celebrated the vessel’s 13th birthday in the vicinity of Christmas Island, while on patrol conducting border protection operations.
The day was made even more special as Sub Lieutenant Tayne Mann and Seaman Boatswains Mate Jarrad Jones both celebrating their 23rd birthday on the same day.
While continuing to patrol the area of operation, ship’s company were able to also enjoy a variety of activities throughout the day including a swimming exercise, trivia night and culminating with the cutting of birthday cakes.
As is tradition, the youngest crew member serving in Launceston, Seaman Boatswains Mate Regan Brown (aged 19), who only recently joined the crew as part of the Transit Security Element, assisted the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Nicholas Graney, in cutting the cake.
“Launceston has been kept very busy this year with multiple patrols, providing frontline capability as part of Operation RESOLUTE,” Lieutenant Commander Graney said.
“The crew has demonstrated through a balance of morale, team building, hard work and structured training serials, that this capability will continue long beyond her 13th birthday.”
Not only has Launceston contributed in her role as part of Operation RESOLUTE, but ship’s company has also supported the opportunities for continuation training for three Maritime Warfare Officers, an Intelligence Officer and six Seaman Boatswains Mates.
One significant accomplishment, achieved by Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Christopher Lakerdis, was the awarding of his Limited Navigation Watch-keeping Certificate.
“Launceston continues to provide every opportunity to train our future workforce, while still conducting our primary tasking,” Lieutenant Commander Graney said.
The ship has been continuing the hard work shown by all Australian Navy and Australian Border Force patrol boats deployed on current operations.