HMAS Sirius Home for Christmas

December 1, 2019 – Following a busy 12 months for HMAS Sirius, the Royal Australian Navy’s West Coast based replenishment ship returned to her home port of Fleet Base West, Rockingham to the smiling faces of family and friends. Sirius has spent just 10 weeks of the past 12 months at Fleet Base West after three overseas deployments in 2019. Commanding Officer of HMAS Sirius, Melanie Verho, thanked the ship’s company on their hard work and diligence over the course of the year. Commander Verho said over the course of…

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Montgomery Operates with Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea

November 15, 2019 – USS Montgomery (LCS 8), HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) and HMAS Sirius (AO 266) conducted operations together in the South China Sea, Nov. 6-12. While transiting together at sea, Montgomery, Stuart and Sirius conducted communication drills, division tactics, bilateral flight operations, and personnel exchange, all designed to address common maritime security priorities, enhance interoperability, and develop relationships that will benefit both navies for many years to come. Also accomplished were two replenishments at sea (RAS) with Sirius, marking the first time an LCS has received fuel from…

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Milestone RAS as East Meets West

August 6, 2019 – On her way home to Fleet Base West from the warmer climes of the South West Pacific, HMAS Sirius rendezvoused with east-based HMA Ships Hobart and Choules in the waters off Jervis Bay for a replenishment at sea. A key milestone was achieved for Choules as she conducted her first ever replenishment with Sirius, an activity which supported her Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE). It was the second time that Sirius had conducted a replenishment with ‘the Green Ghost’ (HMAS Hobart) whose speed and manoeuvrability was on…

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Sirius Attends Bastille Day in Noumea

July 26, 2019 – HMAS Sirius has conducted a port visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, where the ship’s company marched through the streets with the French Armed Forces to mark Bastille Day celebrations. Bastille Day is celebrated on 14 July each year to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, which was a turning point of the French Revolution. Bastille Day also marks the anniversary of the Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Being fluent in French,…

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Latest Round of Southwest Pacific and Timor-Leste Engagements Begin

July 5, 2019 – The Australian Defence Force continues to support the Australian Government’s Pacific Step-Up initiative through the latest series of engagements across the Southwest Pacific and Timor-Leste. Joint Task Force 637 and Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Sirius will arrive in Fiji in early July for a five day port-call, signaling the start of what will be a comprehensive six month program of official activities throughout the region. Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Samoa, and the Micronesia region will join…

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Sirius Sets Out to Support the Fleet

April 4, 2019 – HMAS Sirius has departed Fleet Base East after a major refurbishment in the Captain Cook Graving Dock to satisfy Lloyds Register certification and inspection standards. After departing Fleet Base West in August last year, the ship undertook important engagements in support of Operation APEC Assist in Papua New Guinea, and Australian and internationally led exercises, before her docking in Sydney. She will now head north for further engagement in the Asia-Pacific, concluding with an Anzac Day visit to Hellfire Pass in Thailand before returning to her…

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HMAS Sirius reaches milestone by conducting 600th replenishment at sea

November 26, 2018 – HMAS Sirius has reached a significant milestone, having recently completed her 600th replenishment at sea (RAS), in waters off Northern Australia, with HMAS Stuart the lucky recipient. Commissioned into service in 2006, Sirius provides operational and strategic resupply of fuel when and where required. Throughout her life, Sirius has passed more than a hundred and eight million litres of fuel to warships from many nations, allowing them to remain on station conducting extended tasks and operations without the need for shore facilities. Sirius has developed a…

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HMS Argyll shows firepower on exercise Bersama Lima

October 18, 2018 – Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll demonstrated her firepower alongside the UK’s allies in the Asia Pacific region as part of a major exercise. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate has been working alongside navies from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand in the South China Sea – demonstrating the UK’s commitment to the region area as part of a long-standing agreement. On this vital exercise, Argyll was joined by a dozen other warships including an Australian fleet replenishment vessel, HMAS Sirius, and Singaporean amphibious landing platform dock…

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Australia and Singapore complete Exercise SINGAROO

October 9, 2018 – HMA Ships Stuart and Sirius have joined the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) corvettes RSS Valiant and Vigour for Exercise SINGAROO, a two day maritime exercise in waters off Singapore. The biennial exercise aims to develop a better understanding and working relationship between the Royal Australian Navy and the RSN in the conduct of maritime exercises, while providing the opportunity to enhance professional interaction between personnel from the two Navies. Commanding Officer Stuart, Commander Chris Leece, said the exercise enhanced the professional and personal ties formed…

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HMAS Sirius Prepares for Exercise KAKADU with USS Michael Murphy

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…

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HMA Ships Stuart and Sirius Deploy

August 28, 2018 – There were banners, tears and hugs on Diamantina Wharf at Fleet Base West on August 22 as HMA Ships Sirius and Stuart headed off on deployment. The bright sunny conditions did little to take the chill off the strong southerly wind that kept families and friends huddled together as their loved ones departed. Speaking before Sirius slipped her lines, Senior Officer Western Australia, Commodore Brett Dowsing, said the deployment of these ships was a significant occasion. “The deployments of Sirius and Stuart today is extremely important…

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One hundred million litres of fuel transferred by HMAS Sirius

HMAS Sirius has achieved a significant milestone with the ship supplying its one hundred millionth liter of fuel during underway replenishments at sea (RAS). For everyday Australians, this is the equivalent to topping up the family four wheel drive 1.25 million times. The milestone occurred during a dual replenishment of frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta off the south coast of New South Wales, with Parramatta receiving the golden litre of fuel. Sirius conducted her 500th replenishment with Melbourne in September 2017. Over 12 years of service, Sirius has conducted…

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Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER comes to a close

The largest fleet training activity for 2018, Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER has come to a successful close in Jervis Bay this week. In keeping with tradition, the exercise concluded with a tri-nation sports day on the grounds at HMAS Creswell on Sunday, following a spectacular fleet arrival of ten ships and embarked aircraft. Task Group Commander, Captain Paul O’Grady said the three-week activity resulted in multiple ships and aircraft forged into a highly effective and cooperative warfighting team. “Most importantly it has seen more than 2,000 men and women from three…

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Support Ship returns from Indo-Pacific mission

True to her motto of ‘To Serve and Provide’- HMAS Sirius sailed into her home port of Fleet Base West after almost four months at sea on 15 December, in time for well-earned Christmas break. Family and friends of the 73 crew gathered around Diamantina Wharf to welcome back the underway replenishment ship after participating in the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment. Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Oborn said that their recent mission focussed on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Indonesia, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic…

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Keeping the task group on task

With no commercial floating petrol stations in the middle of the ocean, Royal Australian Navy ships and helicopters rely on specialized replenishment ships for all their fuel needs. Underway refueling is called replenishment-at-sea (or RAS), which requires a number of complex maneuvers that requires ships to maintain a steady course and speed for a number of hours. The Australian Navy has two underway replenishment ships, HMAS Ships Sirius and Success – which with the support of similar Allied vessels, keeps the Australian Navy steaming across the globe. For a task…

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