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Photo Gallery Day 2 Part II:- by Colin Sheehan
This section displays more of the photographs I took on the second day whilst embarked in HMAS Kanimbla for a short cruise down the coast of Queensland & New South Wales from Brisbane to Sydney.

We spent the day undergoing training manoeuvres in Moreton Bay off Brisbane in company with the DDG, HMAS Hobart before making our way to the open sea and turning south.

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Day Two (Part II) Games in The Bay 
Hobart practised coming alongside and bearing away again. An impressive sight to see 4000 tons of ship moving up so close and so rapidly with such good manoeuvrability. Close quarters
Close and Fast! Now, THIS is close! Hobart accelerates up to the mark abeam of Kanimbla. Like a HUGE knife, it slices the water.
Late in the afternoon, I heard a radar operator's call to the bridge, that a fast moving object had been spotted on the horizon, travelling at high speed. Eyes swivelled to see a small black jet suddenly bank hard towards us. It seemed like only half a second before this RAAF F-111 fighter-bomber screamed over our little fleet and then flew up into the sun to return with wings tucked, in a screaming attack dive along the two ships. The noise of it's afterburners, as it climbed almost vertical to leave, was awesome. Air Attack
Semaphore Signals Hobart's upper decks were also well populated with seariders for the trip south. It is interesting to note the use of good old-fashioned semaphore (circle centre) as a means of close quarters communication between ships in this age of technical wizardry. The flap of two flags is very difficult to eavesdrop on.
"Man Overboard" is a call nobody wants to hear, so it is practised at every opportunity. The Chief Coxswain threw a dummy dressed in orange overalls over the port side and announced the drill exercise for man overboard over the ship's PA. Everybody concerned sprang into action immediately. Boat crew launched the "Zod", medical team gathered on the main deck with all the goodies and the ship itself was stopped while the rescue took place. Man Overboard
Rescue Returns The zodiac returns to the ship with the unfortunate victim laying in the bottom of the boat and the boat crew once more flies into action to gather the chick back into the nest.
I found that it is hard to pay attention to the horizon when you are hanging over the side of the ship and trying to stay out of the way at the same time.
With the cable attached, the boat's crew sits to port to balance the weight of the "victim" as they are winched to safety. Quite a lift on a ship this high. Lifting the Zod
Back on Deck Back on deck, the unfortunate "victim" is carefully removed to the stretcher whilst the Petty Officer PT Instructor at far left supervises. It was her responsibility to ensure the smooth operation of the exercise. The rescue was a success all but for the fact that the boat's main fuel tank contained water which caused them some trouble on their return to the ship.
Back to work for the PT staff as a large number of the crew take advantage of the luxury of a large clear area on the flight deck to participate in a series of varied exercises designed to maintain a peak level of fitness within the confines of a warship. Sweating on the Flight Deck
Taking it Easy Some, on the other hand, find it a good time to simply lay back & take it easy and enjoy the sumptuous deck furnishings.
After all that activity for one day, the most popular place onboard is the cafeteria. Here my son, Tony (at right) serves dinner in the galley alongside the supply officer. Top class food with a varied menu makes for happy & healthy people. Dinner is Served
Night Light Night lighting at sea is a flattering shade of red which serves to maintain the crew's night sight whilst preventing injured shins and cracked heads in the dark.
Hatch on right leads down to my mess which is shared with about 35 others when fully manned in a space normally associated with a domestic lounge room.
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