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January 31, 2013
HMAS Sydney’s successful
deployment to Asia and a stint on
Operation Resolute in late 2012 will
enable her to meet several new and
exciting challenges this year.
CO Sydney CMDR Karl
Brinckmann said the upgraded ship
faced a busy year, which would
include her 30th anniversary, par-
ticipation in multinational maritime
exercises and the International Fleet
“Sydney has a very exciting year
ahead including a major exercise
with the US Navy in Japan, Exercise
Talisman Sabre and the IFR in
October,” CMDR Brinckmann said.
“It will be the nation’s most sig-
nificant commemorative naval event
in the past 100 years.”
Sydney’s busy year began with
her 30th anniversary celebrations on
Sydney Harbour on January 29.
CMDR Brinckmann said his
focus on seaworthiness would
ensure that Sydney achieved all her
taskings and objectives safely and
“I am extremely proud to be in
command of Sydney with her her-
alded and proud tradition coupled
with her dedicated and professional
crew,” he said.
CMDR Brinckmann took com-
mand from CAPT Luke Charles-
Jones during a handover ceremony
in Darwin on December 13. CAPT
Charles-Jones praised his crew for
its achievements during 2012.
“The only way that any of these
results were achieved so success-
fully was because of the sheer hard
work of the ship’s company,” CAPT
Achievements last year included
a busy docking and maintenance
period, the compressed sea trial and
unit readiness work-up period fol-
lowed by a deployment that includ-
ed visits to Japan, the Philippines,
Vietnam and Brunei.
Sydney returned from Op
Resolute in time for personnel to
celebrate the festive season with
family and loved ones.
LEUT Sarah West
CAPT Angela Bond became the first
female CO of HMAS Stirling during
a low-key, wharf-side ceremony on
December 17 at Navy’s West Australian
After a successful two-year stint at
the helm, CAPT Brett Wolski handed
command of Australia’s largest opera-
tional naval base to CAPT Bond, who
has had a long affiliation with Stirling
after previously serving as executive
“I have had a 13-year association
with Stirling over my 32 years in the
Navy, and this is the position I have
always wanted,” CAPT Bond said.
“I have already enjoyed three post-
ings to the West and I couldn’t wait to
get back here.
“A command like this is a role that
many officers aspire to and I’m pretty
excited to be here for the next three
CAPT Wolski will move to Canberra
to assume the triservice role of Director
General of Workforce Planning. He was
promoted to commodore on January 14.
He said he had fond memories of
Navy’s West Australian workforce.
“I am sad to be leaving Stirling,
because this posting has truly been the
highlight of my career,” he said.
“The officers, sailors and civilian
employees here are some of the best
I have ever worked with. They do a
tremendous job of supporting the front-
line and our Fleet couldn’t achieve its
mission without them.”
CAPT Bond experienced a busy
start to her command, hosting a farewell
ceremony for HMAS Toowoomba on
“Around 500 family members
and friends of the sailors and officers
departing were here to farewell them,
so it was a pretty important occasion,”
Before departing Stirling for the last
time as CO, CAPT Wolski congratu-
lated his successor on her appointment.
“As far as commands go, they don’t
get much more senior than this. This is
looked upon as a pinnacle posting,” he
“To be the first female CO of this
base is a milestone that CAPT Bond
should be really proud of.”
LEUT Karina Cvejic
and Michael Brooke
CREW members were praised for
their professionalism and dedication
during the command handover on
HMAS Success on December 4.
After a busy and exciting
year, CO Success CMDR Ainsley
Morthorpe handed over command to
CAPT Allison Norris in a superses-
sion ceremony on board Success at
Fleet Base East.
The crew formed a guard of
honour along the manoeuvring and
flight decks to send off CMDR
Morthorpe. His wife and daughter
were also on board, which he said
was a great surprise.
“I was extremely surprised to see
them on the gangway, which was a
wonderful gesture from the crew,”
The ship’s company cheered as
CMDR Morthorpe was driven away
“I have had a wonderful oppor-
tunity to command the men and
women in Success for the past two
years,” CMDR Morthorpe said.
“The resilience of the crew, their
professionalism and total support
will be something I will never for-
In her address to the crew as
the new CO Success, CAPT Norris
highlighted their past achievements,
and said that she was confident
personnel could produce the same
results this year because of their
loyalty, dedication and resilience.
“It is with much pleasure that I
have assumed command of Success
and I sincerely acknowledge the
excellent efforts of the crew for
2012,” CAPT Norris said.
“You can be very proud of your
achievements in such challenging
CAPT Norris, Success’ first
female CO, said 2013 would be
challenging as the ship had just
entered another extended mainte-
“I look forward to working with
you all and emulating the feats of
New year, new command and
new achievements ahead
All ready for a
2012, as we face six-month mainte-
nance availability,” she said.
CMDR Morthorpe will take up
a position in Canberra on the auxil-
iary oil replenishment replacement
NEW LEADER: CO HMAS Success CMDR Ainsley Morthorpe hands over the weight of command to
CAPT Allison Norris during the handover ceremony on board Success.
FAREWELL: CMDR Ainsley
Morthorpe leaves Success
through a guard of honour.
Photos: ABIS Sarah Williams
HAND-OVER: CAPT Brett Wolski hands the ceremonial telescope and
command of HMAS Stirling to CAPT Angela Bond at Captains Landing,
Stirling in Western Australia.
Photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
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