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Scuttling naval ships

19 Apr 2011

Wednesday 13 April 2011 saw the former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) escort frigate HMAS Adelaide scuttled off Avoca Beach, near Terrigal on the NSW mid-north coast. Love the idea or hate it, Adelaide is not the first RAN ship to end up as an artificial reef. Since 1994 we’ve been recycling naval ships for new uses as dive sites and reefs with HMAS Derwent off Rottnest Island, WA; HMAS Swan off Dunsborough, WA (1997); HMAS Perth in King George Sound, WA (2001); HMAS Hobart off Yankalilla Bay, SA (2002); HMAS Brisbane off the Sunshine Coast, Qld (2005); and HMAS Canberra off the Bellarine Peninsula, VIC (2009).

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Day 3 Sydney – Brisbane

17 Apr 2011

The crew are adjusting well into the three watch system. Each watch is named traditionally on Endeavour after the three masts on the ship; the Foremast, Mainmast and Mizzen. Again to keep with tradition the ship works on a dog watch. A dog watch is a watch between 1600 to 1800 and the second watch from 1800 to 2000, the reason behind this watch is that in order for the crew to rotate through all the watches it is necessary to split one of the watches in half, to create an odd number of watches in a ship’s day. This allows the crew to stand different watches instead of one team being forced to stand the mid-watch every night.

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