Happy home­com­ing an early present

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Pic­ture: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko

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.

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