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January 31, 2013
LEUT Patrick Scott
MORE than 3200 nautical miles from
where they grew up in Hobart, LEUT
Nicholas Graney and his younger brother
SBLT Matthew Graney were reunited in the
far-flung Australian waters off Christmas
On December 9, the two took a chance
to catch up while their ships HMAS Pirie
(LEUT Graney) and HMAS Sydney (SBLT
Graney), were deployed together in support
of Operation Resolute.
The two siblings joined Navy six years
LEUT Graney attended ADFA before
finishing his officer-of-the-watch training
in HMAS Anzac and HMAS Perth. He is
now XO Attack Six and is enjoying his role
as a boarding officer enforcing Australia’s
maritime law in our northern waters.
SBLT Graney joined Navy in 2010
and started his JWAC Phase IV training in
Sydney late last year, joining while the ship
was deployed at Christmas Island.
LEUT Graney was overjoyed at meeting
up with his brother.
“It all makes it worthwhile, being able to
see your younger brother following in your
‘footsteps’,” LEUT Graney said.
“I really love what I do and I hope Matt
gets as much out of his career as I have so
Brother’s joy at
For SMN Jess Steane, not even 200 nautical miles of ocean could
stop her father checking in on her, LEUT Andrew Ragless reports.
URING a routine day of mar-
itime border security patrols
on board HMAS Albany,
SMN Jess Steane was piped
to the bridge.
“The boarding officer said I could
expect a visitor and I should go to the
starboard bridge-wing,” SMN Steane
A few minutes later her father,
Sam Steane, flew over in a Dash-8.
Mr Steane is an Aviation Mission
Coordination Supervisor with the
Australian Customs and Border
Based at Headquarters Northern
Command in Darwin, his job is to
monitor the contracted Dash-8 flights
that provide aerial surveillance of
Australia’s maritime border.
He flies up to 10 times each month
to check on equipment and ensure
crew compliance. “It was during one
of these flights that I became aware
that Albany was in the area and I
knew that Jess was on board,” he said.
“The Dash-8 investigates all sur-
face contacts in the area and sure
enough, mid-flight we spotted Albany,
approximately 200 nautical miles west
“We radioed Albany and requested
a flypast photo run, and then I added
‘please let Jess know’.”
SMN Steane, a CIS sailor in train-
ing, said she suspected the visitor
might have been her dad.
“I was working in the communica-
tions centre on my competency log at
the time,” she said.
“As soon as I was piped I knew it
was dad flying over to get a photo, so
of course, I went up to wave.”
Mr Steane said his daughter came
on the radio shortly after the flypast at
200 feet above sea level.
“I just heard a voice that said, with
some embarrassment, ‘Hi, Dad’ and
people laughing in the background,”
SMN Steane said the crew made
jokes about it, but it was just friendly
“They were saying things like
‘Dad’s flying over to check up on his
daughter’ and ‘you can’t go a couple of
weeks without seeing Dad’,” she said.
“But it was pretty cool knowing he
was flying over way out to sea, and
it was a good feeling knowing that
I was working with him protecting
“I don’t think many people could
say they’ve had the same opportunity
HEY DAD: SMN Jess Steane waves
to her dad as he conducts a flypast
in a Dash-8, while HMAS Albany
conducts maritime boarder patrols
on Operation Resolute.
and SBLT Matthew
Graney catch up
in the waters off
FAMILY: SMN Jess Steane and her father Sam reunite at
Headquarters Northern Command in Darwin.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
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