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October 11, 2012
Setting sail for rising sun
LSIS Paul Berry
WHEN HMAS Sydney depart-
ed Fleet Base East, every bunk
was occupied as part of the Sea
Training Bunk Management
(STBM) initiative introduced this
Thanks to the Fleet Training
Liaison Agency (FTLA), Sydney
sailed with an additional 28 train-
ees on board, making a total of 42
personnel embarked for compe-
Under the Fleet Commander
and COMTRAIN STBM direc-
tive, ships can now maximise the
opportunity for officers and sail-
ors to get to sea early and pro-
gress through their competency
logs while experiencing sea life.
While bunk distribution plans
are structured to reflect Navy's
highest training priorities, bunks
are also made available for all
branches to maximise and accel-
erate a trained work force.
Sydney's SWO John Brady
said the initiative benefited
Sydney and Navy's acceleration of
a trained workforce.
"As soon as we know someone
will not be on board, we call the
FTLA to have their bunk filled
with a trainee," SWO Brady said.
"If you talk to any of the train-
ees on board, they will tell you
they would rather be at sea."
ABET William Maddocks and
ABET Terrence Samuels were
offered a bunk less than 24 hours
before Sydney set sail.
Both sailors jumped at the
"At sea we have all the sys-
tems up and running to get my
competencies signed off," ABET
"I put my hand up straight
away because I love sea life and
it will almost halve the time it
would otherwise take to get my
comp log completed."
SWO Brady said it was
rewarding to sail with a ship's
complement full of motivated
"Some of the guys have turned
up to work on Tuesday and into
a ship that's sailing to Japan on
Wednesday," SWO Brady said.
"They are motivated sailors
who are keen to learn and, let's
face it, everybody joins the Navy
to go to sea."
Sailors jump at the
chance to fill bunks
ALL ABOARD: ABET William
Maddocks and ABET Terrence
Samuels are working through their
competency log books on HMAS
Photo: LSIS Paul Berry
LSIS Paul Berry and
HMAS Sydney will continue Navy's
rich and longstanding relation-
ship with Japan when it represents
Australia at the Japanese International
Fleet Review (JIFR) on October 14.
Sydney departed Fleet Base East on
September 26 amid great fanfare from
family and friends and excitement
among the crew about the 10-week
Sydney will join RSS Persistence
and USS Shiloh as the only three
foreign ships taking part in the
triennial invitation-only event.
They will sail alongside 37
Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force
(JMSDF) ships and submarines, with
33 aircraft taking to the skies in what
will be a spectacular display in Sagami
Bay, 40km southwest of Tokyo.
CO Sydney CAPT Luke Charles-
Jones said Navy's relationship with
the JMSDF had gone from strength to
"After completing workups and
dodging typhoons on the passage
north, Sydney is thoroughly looking
forward to working with the JMSDF,"
CAPT Charles-Jones said.
"It is indeed a great honour to be
invited to participate in the JIFR and
everyone in Sydney is looking forward
to meeting and working together with
our Japanese counterparts.
"Already this year HMAS Ballarat
has visited Japan and we have conducted
exercises with the JMSDF at RIMPAC
and Exercise Kakadu.
LEUT Phillip Russell is on his first
overseas trip since jumping ship from
Army in 2009.
"Sydney's workup was the first I
have completed and has prepared me
for any challenge that may arise during
my first deployment," he said.
CAPT Charles-Jones said Sydney,
which has embarked a 723SQN
Squirrel, would strive to live up to her
motto of 'thorough and ready'.
"Everyone has worked very hard
to prepare the ship for deployment.
There is a positive air of excitement
and anticipation," he said.
The fleet review first began
in Japan in 1868, however in 1956
the Self Defence Forces Day was
enacted and it was decided a fleet
review would be held as part of the
commemorative events of the day.
Sydney's visit falls during the 50th
anniversary of Australia's modern
bilateral defence relationship with
Japan, which began in 1962 when four
JMSDF ships visited Australia.
During the review, Sydney will
conduct a ceremonial gun salute,
symbolising the friendship of the two
Australia and Japan's defence
relationship is based on shared values,
strategic interests and a shared alliance
with the US.
Both countries are committed to
strengthening defence and security
cooperation and working together to
promote regional peace and stability.
Following the JIFR, Sydney will
conduct port visits to Manila in the
Philippines, Ho Chi Minh City in
Vietnam and Brunei before returning
to Fleet Base East in November via
Sydney's relationship with the
Japanese Navy dates back to WWI,
when the Japanese battle cruiser
Ibuki was an escort ship for the first
Anzac convoy in 1914.
Japanese ships operated with
HMAS Sydney I in New Guinea
after the seizure of Rabaul from the
Germans and destruction of the
nearby German radio station on
September 26, 1914.
Ninety-eight years later (almost to
the day), on September 30 this year,
Sydney sailed past Rabaul en route
to the JIFR.
A LONG HISTORY
READY TO SAIL: ABEW Tanya Lohman and SMN Kate Van Overdyk, of HMAS Sydney, are all smiles before setting sail on their North and South
East Asian deployment.
Photo: LSIS Paul Berry
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