HMA Ships Sirius and Anzac have conducted training exercises designed to test their readiness for onboard emergencies.
Crew onboard replenishment vessel HMAS Sirius have conducted ‘damage control’ training exercises alongside frigate HMAS Anzac over the past two weeks.
Crews put their skills to the test to ensure they’re prepared for an effective response to a potential emergency on board.
As part of the exercise, personnel were also required to conduct flying operations in various weather conditions and warfighting scenarios.
Commanding Officer Sirius, Commander Chris Doherty, noted the success of the naval exercise, which comes just weeks ahead of the ships’ participation in Regional Presence Deployment 2021.
“Sirius has had a great two weeks at sea demonstrating her ability to sustain the fleet and the opportunity to optimise our ship to deploy,” CMDR Doherty said.
“Sirius has a vital role to play at sea and lived up to her motto ‘to serve and provide’ by proving her ability to resupply Anzac underway by conducting replenishments at sea in a variety of conditions and scenarios.
“Replenishment at sea between two vessels is highly complex and requires significant skill and experience, as the two ships must sail a certain distance from each other and maintain the same course to enable hoses and fuel to be safely passed between them.”
Both HMAS Sirius and HMAS Anzac have since returned to Fleet Base West, gearing up for Regional Presence Deployment 21.
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