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April 28, 2011
By LEUT Peter Croce
A RAN patrol boat crew has given Team
Honda Racing Superbike riders Wayne
Maxwell and Jamie Stauffer a few quick
laps of their own around Darwin Harbour.
The two superbike aces were invit-
ed aboard HMAS Maitland for a circuit
around the harbour where they were
given an insight into the handling of the
300-tonne and 5000-kilowatt patrol boat.
The pair was in Darwin for the
Australian Superbike Championship at
The Honda Racing Team's visit
was coordinated by the Navy Domestic
Engagement Program and gave personnel
the chance to mix with the team over a
sausage sizzle before hitting the water for a
RHIB ride transit out to Maitland.
For reigning Australian Superbike
Champion Jamie Stauffer, touring
Maitland was a little piece of home as
he runs a business in the NSW city of
"It was a great experience; we learnt a
lot about how the crew live on the boats. It
was interesting to look at all the electronics
and navigation equipment on the bridge,"
Teammate Wayne Maxwell was equally
impressed with his first sea ride in a patrol
"It was a lot of fun going out on the
RHIB and then being lifted up onto the
patrol boat," he said.
"For me, the thing that stuck in my
mind most was the way the crew work
together. Everyone was well disciplined
and to see that level of respect and com-
munication among the crew was a real
"A career in the Navy would have
appealed to me in my younger days. Just
seeing the level of camaraderie and disci-
pline and such a strong team dynamic was
The Commanding Officer of HMAS
Coonawarra, CMDR Richard Donnelly,
said the sailors enjoyed having the sea rid-
ers on board.
"It's great that we could give these two
professional sportsmen the chance to see
how we work," he said.
"I think they were pretty impressed
with the work the crew puts into maintain-
ing our hardware to a high standard and,
by all accounts, they seemed impressed
with the ride in Maitland."
Maitland's super visit
THE HOT SEAT: Wayne Maxwell from Team Honda Racing (centre) checks out the view from the
helmsman's chair with Assail Four's SMNBM Shaun Murphy (left) and ABET Nicholas Dixon (right)
aboard HMAS Maitland.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
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