DRS New South Wales Executive Sea Day - 2016

Life Onboard HMAS Gascoyne

Nine employers recently spent a day onboard HMAS Gascoyne, an Australian Navy Huon-Class Minehunter.

As HMAS Gascoyne sailed through Sydney Harbour and out through the heads towards Broken Bay, the crew and guests were lucky enough to witness Chilean Tall Ship Esmeralda enter the Harbour along with other ships Southern Swan, South Passage and James Craig.

On the journey to Broken Bay the guests were given a tour of the ship which included the Operations Room, Machinery Control Room, Engine Room, Galley and the sleeping quarters.

Once HMAS Gascoyne arrived in Broken Bay, the Ship's Company undertook mine hunting and clearance diving scenarios which ended in the detonation of two simulated unexploded ordinance devices.

Employers witnessing the detonation of a simulated unexploded ordinance device.
Employers witnessing the detonation of a simulated unexploded ordinance device.

The guests enjoyed the skills of the ship's galley crew with tasty meals served throughout the day.

On the return journey to Sydney Harbour, the Ship's Company conducted a man overboard simulation. The guests witnessed the ship's swimmer enter the water to rescue the ship's marker which is affectionately known as "Oscar". (The international symbol for man overboard is Flag Oscar). The employers were also given the opportunity to 'take the helm' and steer the ship.

An employer has the opportunity to steer the ship
An employer has the opportunity to steer the ship

Upon returning to port, the employers were full of praise for the entire crew of HMAS Gascoyne and the professionalism and dedication that they had witnessed during the day.

"I would like to thank the XO Lieutenant Schubark. He provided great support to us throughout the day and was generous in dedicating his day to personally ensuring we were all looked after and that the full programme he and the CO worked up went off without a hitch. The crew proactively engaged with us ensuring we were entertained as well as educated." said Ross Tilly, KPMG.

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