Maintenance period for Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Darwin (F04)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Adam Hornell participates in HMAS Darwin's 30th Intermediate Maintenance Availability (IMAV) period alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney. (photo: )
Leading Seaman Marine Technician Adam Hornell participates in HMAS Darwin's 30th Intermediate Maintenance Availability (IMAV) period alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney.

Hot off the heels of her successful Middle East deployment, HMAS Darwin has entered her 30th Intermediate Maintenance Availability period.
 
Over the next two months contractors and Navy support agencies will perform maintenance and upgrade activities in order to ensure Darwin is materially ready for high tempo sea training in late 2016, early 2017.
 
The maintenance period, which started in late August, has given the crew an opportunity for some well earned 'R&R' with many taking annual leave prior to work commencing.
 
Darwin
 returned from the Middle East on 17 July after contributing to enhanced maritime security in the region and several high value illicit weapon and narcotics seizures.
 
Since returning to work, Darwin’s ship’s company have worked closely with prime contractor Thales; and Defence organisations to ensure a considerable work list will be completed.
 
Darwin’s
 Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson, is optimistic regarding the work package.
 
“We achieved positive results during our last maintenance period, meeting all objectives and finishing ahead of time,” he said.
 
“I attribute this to establishing constructive lines of communication early between the ship and other participants.
 
“This maintenance period has started in a similar fashion, so there is good reason to believe we will see similar results for this availability,” he concluded.
 
Whilst many of the crew will use the maintenance period to upgrade skills with training and development opportunities, others with surplus leave will take the opportunity to enjoy holidays with their loved ones.
 
Commanding Officer, HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, said it was important for the ship’s company to be refreshed and resilient.
 
“We have a busy period of sea activity towards the end of this year, so it’s important for the ship to not only be materially ready, but for the crew to be refreshed and motivated,” he said.
 
“So we can build on our strong reputation for getting the job done."
 
HMAS Darwin’s recent Middle East deployment was the seventh for the guided missile frigate and the 62nd rotation of a Royal Australian Navy ship to that region since 1990.