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March 1, 2012
HMAS Kuttabul hosted royalty on St Valentine's Day
when the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) luxury ocean-liner
berthed for a 14-hour visit to embark and disembark
almost 1000 passengers.
The port visit highlighted Kuttabul's ability to
accommodate large ships in the countdown to the
arrival of the Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter
The QM2 -- at $800 million, the most expensive
cruise ship in the world -- majestically sailed past the
RAN's biggest and newest warship, HMAS Choules,
before berthing at Fleet Base East.
Kuttabul's Port Services Manager, LCDR Glenn
Robinson, said he helped to pilot the 150,000 ton
ocean-liner through Sydney Heads to her berth at
Fleet Base East.
"It was quite a challenge to pilot the largest,
longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger
liner in history," he said.
"Despite her gargantuan size, the vessel can
manoeuvre majestically as she is fitted with four
Azipod thrusters aft and three bow-thrusters."
LCDR Robinson said the 42-metre height of the
bridge gave the command team a luxury bird's-eye
view of proceedings below.
Kuttabul was a hive of activity for the QM2's 2500
passengers, most of whom disembarked on a day trip
to see Sydney before embarking prior to the cruise
ship's midnight departure.
CO Kuttabul, CMDR Todd Willson, said the arrival
of the royal heavyweight marked an auspicious start
to the year for the RAN's busiest shore-establishment.
"The visit by QM2 highlights the flexibility and
capacity of Kuttabul to support a ship of almost any
size or function, which comes about from the
professionalism and dedication of our port services
team," he said.
royalty on show
Tobruk unit ready
HMAS Tobruk was back out at sea enhancing
the Navy's capability in support of Operation
Resolute just weeks after becoming the latest
amphibious ship to achieve unit readiness.
Tobruk sailed from Sydney on January 13
to assume duties as the long-haul major fleet
unit for Operation Resolute.
The ship transited the Great Barrier Reef,
completing a long-haul mission readiness eval-
uation and, after a quick visit to Darwin to
load stores, sailed for Christmas Island.
Heading into rough seas, HMAS Tobruk
showed her resilience as the oldest major fleet
unit as she met the challenges brought on by
Tobruk assisted Armidale Class Patrol
Boats by patrolling in the vicinity of
Christmas Island and delivering valuable
stores to the Island.
On completion of her Operation Resolute
tasking, Tobruk conducted first-of-class flight
trials with the Navy's latest helicopter, the
MRH 90, on the way home to Sydney.
WATCHFUL: LEUT Claire Dempsey keeps an eye on HMAS Larrakia while on board HMAS Tobruk.
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