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HMAS Sirius' culture of leadership
and responsibility will serve her crew
extremely well during the challenge
of Exercise Kakadu when the replen-
ishment oiler becomes a high value
target for 'enemy' combat aircraft,
warships and submarines.
Kakadu is a multilateral biannu-
al maritime exercise involving Navy
and the Forces of Br unei, Indonesia,
France, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore
It will be conducted from August
29 to September 14.
CO Sirius CMDR Brian Delamont
said Kakadu would provide a new
opportunity for Navy's largest war-
ship to live up to her motto 'to serve
"Our mission is to replenish the
warships in the multinational task
group," he said.
CMDR Delamont said Sirius car-
ried 35 million litres of fuel to provide
task groups with strategic reach.
"Kakadu will be a great exercise
for my crew as it tests not only high-
end war fighting skills but seamanship,
navigation and many other skills that
will be used if we are required to per-
for m inter national support," he said.
Sirius' small ship's company of 70
officers and sailors, enjoys opportuni-
ties to develop leadership skills.
CMDR Delamont said the chal-
lenge of operating such a large plat-
form required every crew member to
step up in responsibility and take a
bigger work load.
"Every crew member is required
to become proficient in a range of sea-
manship skills, which means we have
stewards and cooks man ning replen-
ishment lines and winches," he said.
"We pride ou rselves on being quiet
achievers but we have leading seaman
operating responsibly in positions
well above their rank, based entirely
on merit and goal-setting."
ABMT Dan Filmer is in charge of
the cargo equipment car ried by Sirius,
which is a major responsibility that
will test his leadership and technical
skills during Kakadu.
"With the small number of crew on
board, all of us must take it upon our-
selves to seize the initiative and get the
job done without being told," ABMT
Filme r said.
Since joining Sirius last year, he
has completed his marine system con-
troller ticket and is now tackling his
marine systems manager qualification.
"You do a lot more work and main-
tenance here, but that's a boost to
one's skills set and career," he said.
Following Sirius' successful main-
tenance period, she conducted sev-
eral important community engage-
ment activities in Hobart and Sydney,
before joining the multinational task
group off Darwin for Kakadu.
Undertaking a Sirius role
HEADING NORTH: HMAS Sirius departs Fleet Base East stern first after a six-day port visit in Sydney.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
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