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October 14, 2010
By LCDR M.W. Taylor
HMAS Sirius (CMDR David
McDonald) can now boast having
its own team of 'mythbusters'.
Inspired by the popular TV show
of the same name, the mythbusters
on board Navy's only strategic tank-
er, and 'quiet achiever', have been
hard at work on deployment, taking
advantage of the significant in-com-
pany time to bust a number of myths
concerning the ship's capability.
Myth 1: Sirius can't
Following a Unit Readiness
Boarding workup conducted in
Darwin, Sirius now has a boarding
capability, which was put to good
use during the Kakadu 10 WAREX.
Sirius was called upon to board an
'Orangeland'-flagged vessel. Yes,
the 'fat kid' can now board other
Myth -- Busted!
Myth 2: Sirius can't
Since commissioning, constraints
with manpower and assumed equip-
ment limitations were such that it
was considered unlikely that Sirius
would achieve a dual RAS (one ship
replenishing from each station, port
and starboard concurrently).
During Exercise KAKADU 10
a trial was commenced to dem-
onstrate the capability, and Sirius
achieved three very successful dual
RAS evolutions with HMA Ships
Warramunga (CMDR Bruce Legge)
and HMAS Toowoomba (CMDR
Ivan Ingham). Additional trials will
be conducted during ASWEX in
November to demonstrate dual RAS
in higher sea-states.
Myth -- Partially busted...
Watch this space!
Myth 3: Sirius can't
replenish a patrol boat
Once again, Sirius mythbusters
were determined to bust this myth,
and during exercise Kakadu 10
Sirius successfully refuelled HMAS
Albany (LCDR Mike Letts) while
stopped mid-ocean in relatively calm
conditions. In doing so, Albany was
the first ACPB to successfully refuel
Myth -- Busted!
Sirius is unique to the RAN in
that she is a converted merchant
tanker. Her crew of 68 had their
shoulders to the wheel since sailing
from Fleet Base West on May 31.
In a three-and-a-half-month
deployment, Sirius contributed to
Exercises RIMPAC and Kakadu,
visited Noumea, and delivered five
million litres of diesel to Darwin
and 11 million litres to Naval
Communication Station Harold E
Holt, near Exmouth, WA, before
returning home to Fleet Base West
on September 15.
Sirius' mythbusters will return
in 2011, as her crew looks for more
challenges to prove her importance
to the ADF as the force's only stra-
SYMMETRICAL PUMPING: HMAS Sirius conducts a dual RAS with
HMA Ships Warramunga and Toowoomba during Exercise Kakadu.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL: HMAS Sirius replenishes patrol boat
HMAS Albany while stopped mid-ocean during Exercise Kakadu.
By LCDR Rebecca Levitt
IT'S not often that three people from
the same school find themselves work-
ing for the same employer at the same
But three former students of
Broughton Anglican College,
Campbelltown, NSW, are now serving in
HMAS Melbourne, currently deployed to
the Middle East.
AB Bradley White joined the Navy
in 2006 as an electronics technician, and
specialises in the maintenance of under-
water systems such as sonar, underwater
telephone, submarine decoys and tracking
After finishing his HSC in 2005, AB
White had been searching for an elec-
trical apprenticeship when his mother,
Karen, found an article about the appren-
ticeship opportunities in Navy. He spent
one year training at HMAS Cerberus
before he joined HMAS Melbourne for
competency progression three years ago.
After this deployment, he is hoping to
have a few weeks off to go on a holiday
and then get a posting ashore.
AB Ben Hagan joined in 2007 as a
boatswain's mate. He later specialised as
the navigator's yeoman and is responsi-
ble for the maintenance and updating of
navigational charts and publications. His
brother Pete is also in the Navy as a navi-
AB Hagan is looking forward to the
experience of the deployment to the
Middle East, and with the money he
saves up, he hopes to buy a house when
AB Hayley Cornish joined up as a
Navy cook in 2008. She has already
deployed on humanitarian operations,
having served in HMAS Kanimbla in
2009 in support of Operation Resolute
and Operation Sumatra Assist.
The Navy had always been something
that interested AB Cornish, and she says
the advertisements on television also
She loves the travel aspect and thinks
that the pay is good too. When she
gets back after Melbourne's six-month
deployment, AB Cornish's priority is to
have a belated celebration of her 22nd
birthday with family and friends.
Schoolmates reunite for
Op Slipper deloyment
SHIPMATES: (From left) ABET Bradley White, ABBM Benjamin Hagan and
ABCK Hayley Cornish are all members of HMAS Melbourne but also share
something else in common being they all attending the same high school,
Broughton Anglican College, Menangle Park NSW.
Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
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