For many sailors, memories of a deployment are based on the ports you stepped off at and the food on board.
HMAS Sirius was decommissioned from the Royal Australian Navy on December 18 after more than 15 years’ dedicated service providing fuel and stores to ships at sea.
HMAS Sirius departed Albany in Western Australia on November 30 with a few extra crew members.
It was a bittersweet moment for onlookers at Fleet Base West on December 2 when HMAS Sirius returned home.
Commanding Officer HMAS Sirius Commander Christopher Doherty said the ship’s last visit to Norfolk Island – the ship’s ceremonial home port – was particularly significant for the crew and community.
After participating in her final exercise, Exercise Malabar, HMAS Sirius left the latest Regional Presence Deployment task group to embark on a decommissioning tour.
Sailing into Manila Bay during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21) was a slightly bittersweet moment for two Navy officers who longed to visit the country of their birth.
Australia and key partners India, Japan and the United States have completed the second phase of Exercise Malabar 2021, held in the Indian Ocean.
Replenishment ships such as HMAS Sirius play a vital role in the maritime theatre, providing supplies such as fuel, food, provisions and cargo at sea to the fleet, enabling the ships to sail for extended periods of time.