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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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