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Commissioning booklet HMAS SIRIUS

Date: 16 September 2006
Dimensions:
296 x 210 x 2 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Defence Public Affairs WA
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Booklet
Object No: 00042388

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    Description
    Commissioning ceremonies mark the formal introduction of a ship as a unit into the Navy. This booklet was given to guests at the 16 September 2006 commissioning ceremony for the underway replenishment ship HMAS SIRIUS at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. It provides details of the ship's technical information, a ceremony Order of Service and a history of the naval vessel.
    SignificanceThe booklet demonstrates the continuing traditions and ceremonial procedures of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and is a revealing source of information on HMAS SIRIUS.
    HistoryThis booklet was given to guests at the commissioning ceremony for the underway replenishment ship HMAS SIRIUS at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. Commander Tim Crawford, CO of HMAS SIRIUS; Mrs Janine Nobbs (descendant of Phillip Gidley King, Second Lieutenant on board HMS SIRIUS 1788), Commissioning Guest of Honour.

    HMAS SIRIUS (formerly MT DELOS) is a double-hulled commercial tanker purchased by the Royal Australian Navy and converted into a fleet replenishment vessel to replace HMAS WESTRALIA.

    DELOS was built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea, purchased by the Australian Government on completition in 2004 and converted to her new role at Fremantle, Western Australia. In addition, a flight deck was fitted for helicopter operations. SIRIUS has transfer points for fuel, water and stores; can operate at sea by day and night; and is capable of replenishing two ships at a time.
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