August 31, 2018 – HMAS Sirius achieved an important milestone recently when she successfully completed Replenishment at Sea (RAS) number 576 by supplying fuel to Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Michael Murphy during her transit to Exercise KAKADU 2018.
There were no RAS approaches required by Michael Murphy’s command team which is testament to the ship’s excellent handling skills and confidence demonstrated by her bridge team.
The approach is an inherently dangerous period for both ships involved, and the excitement on the bridge was palpable as the ships came to within 150 feet of each other.
Meanwhile, the RAS Team was standing by ‘ready on deck’, waiting to pass lines. Once approval was given it was all systems go.
The gunners did Michael Murphy proud by successfully passing the line throwing projectiles across on the first attempt. Within minutes the distance line, spare messenger and span wire were all in place while the fuel probe was readied.
The RAS control room was a hive of activity with Sirius’ Marine Technician sailors, various ship’s company and Sea Training Group members all jostling for the best view of the evolution. Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Ben Ladner performed the role of winch driver for the special RAS.
“Although replenishment at sea is what we do onboard Sirius, this particular one was with a foregn ship and it was a great thrill to conduct it in an absolutely faultless manner,” said CPO Ladner.
Demonstrating the competence and professionalism of Sirius’ crew, the evolution was conducted successfully and safely. Sirius and Michael Murphy were connected for two hours and 40 minutes, with 825.5 cubic metres of F76 fuel being transferred, confirming Sirius motto of ‘To Serve and Provide’.