HMAS Sirius is preparing for another busy year replenishing the Australian Navy’s fleet.
The crew commenced a dedicated training period alongside before proceeding to sea to conduct further training in preparation.
With a heavy focus on training, the ship’s technical department used the opportunity to provide Sirius-specific courses. A number of specialised instructors came onboard to provide the training in a combination of classroom style instruction and hands on training.
With the ship back at sea it was the perfect time to practice the basic mariner skills that ensure the ship is safe and capable to perform operationally when required. Throughout the week the crew conducted a 50 calibre machine gun firing, damage control exercises and replenishment at sea training.
Sirius will participate in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE later this year and conduct a south east Asian deployment.
HMAS Sirius was built as a double-hulled commercial product tanker, MV Delos and purchased by the Commonwealth Government on 3 June 2004. Named Sirius, the ship underwent modification for underway replenishment. In addition, a flight deck was fitted for helicopter operations.
The ship can carry over 34,806 cz (cubic metres) of fuel including 5,486 cz (cubic metres) of aviation fuel for use by RAN helicopters. Sirius can replenish ships at sea by day and night, and is capable of replenishing two ships at a time. She has transfer points for fuel, water and stores.
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