Canberra Vikings quietly confident in regional race

Published on LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), POET Luke Porter (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Canberra (L02), Navy Engineering

Able Seaman Electronic Technician Marcus Hinkley from NUSHIP Canberra fine tuning the fire control system that the team built to compete in the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge. (photo: POET Luke Porter)
Able Seaman Electronic Technician Marcus Hinkley from NUSHIP Canberra fine tuning the fire control system that the team built to compete in the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge.

NUSHIP Canberra’s team of electronic technicians have submitted their fire control system, built from scratch, for judging as part of the Fleet Base East regional Navy Engineering Challenge.

The Challenge this year was to build an optical robotic fire control system which is designed to identify and track targets via a camera and illuminating laser.

Canberra’s electronic technicians Petty Officer Luke Porter, Leading Seaman Ed Hearsum, Able Seaman Kane Peters and Able Seaman Marcus Hinkley presented their contribution to the contest.

Three main aspects were judged - the ability for their fire control system to hit the moving targets, plus their design of the system and a folio providing documentation of the design and development journey from start to finish were all assessed.

The Fleet Base East competition is not over yet, with two units yet to be judged as they are away on operational requirements.

The verdict so far is that Canberra is leading the regional Fleet Base East contest final outcomes won’t be known until the last two fleet units are assessed. Leading Seaman Ed Hearsum said it was a great result so far.

“There were three assessed tracking runs - the third run saw the Canberra Vikings hit 100 percent of targets after overcoming some minor collimation challenges experienced in the first two tracking runs,” said Leading Seaman Hearsum.

“We are really happy with our work - to hit 100 percent of targets in the final run was the best result we could have hoped for.

“The team really enjoyed doing the Navy Engineering Challenge and right through the development phase we had other members of the Department coming in to contribute ideas as well.

“We aimed very high from the outset in all aspects of the development of our fire control system and after a lot of constant refining and iteration with members of our department, we produced a really high quality system. We are quietly confident and look forward to knowing the final outcome of the judging in the coming months,” he said.