Happy homecoming an early present
Family and friends gathered at Fleet Base West for an early Christmas present this month, as both HMAS Dechaineux and HMAS Sirius returned home from deployment. Lieutenant Theresa Swift, Leading Seaman physical training instructor Tamara Prins, Leading Seaman electronics technician Michael McInerney and Able Seaman maritime logistics — support operations Jessica Went are pictured waving to their families on wharf.
There were happy faces everywhere at HMAS Stirling in the build-up to Christmas, with both HMAS Dechaineux and HMAS Sirius returning to Fleet Base West on Garden Island.
Collins Class submarine HMAS Dechaineux was the first to return to port ahead of the holiday season, before HMAS Sirius arrived home on December 11.
Family and friends greeted loved ones on the wharf, with many tears flowing as personnel returned from lengthy deployments.
HMAS Dechaineux was the fourth Collins Class submarine to enter in service in the Royal Australian Navy when it was commissioned in February 2001 and has grown to become a formidable element in Australia’s defence capability.
Able to accommodate 38 sailors and 10 officers, HMAS Dechaineux is designed to be as quiet as advanced technology can achieve.
Meanwhile, HMAs Sirius performs a vital role in combat logistics for the RAN by providing fuel, stores and ammunition.
With the capability of carrying more than 34,806 cubic metres of fuel and 5486cz of aviation fuel, HMAS Sirius can replenish ships at sea by day and night.