Back Once Again is the Renegade Master…

D4 damage with the ill behavior? Actually no, it’ll be D5 as that’s the cabin number traditionally allocated to the comms CTO aboard the Aurora Australis…..and that, my esteemed friends is my justified Segway….. OK, enough. If none of that made any sense then you probably shouldn’t bother with the rest of this blog as that was the best bit right there..

So, anyway, I’m back in Hobart again starting another short contract with the Australian Antarctic Division, it all seems very familiar and nice to be here even if the wind is blowing up a nice 30 knots with a bit of sleet and hail thrown in, to be honest it’s just like being back in Wellington, NZ again just without everyone wearing All Blacks jerseys and declaring that another country has stolen its pavlova…

A much shorter stint this time, I’m just contracted to help out with comms support on the ship as it makes its way down to Casey station to resupply and then return to Hobart, all up I’m likely to be back in Hobart by early January but that does of course mean I’ll miss yet another Christmas at home (third one in a row now) – Still, it does save on Christmas presents and means I also get to escape the dreadful office Christmas parties and being forced to talk to the CEO’s wife about how lovely the weather is in Florence at this time of year…blah blah…

I’m reckoning this trip should be fairly cruisey compared with some of the prior ones, not because the work will be any different but because I suspect there will be fewer people on board, in return meaning that there will be more bunks available…Which is nice… The difference with Casey to all other stations is that it has an ice runway that they can land a jet on, specifically the A319 contracted by the AAD to regularly fly in staff, VIP’s and equipment during the Summer months. Obviously the plane can’t carry everything so the ship still sails down to resupply all the containers of food, building materials and transfer the 600,000 litres of fuel to replenish the their fuel supply however, this trip most of the staff will already be there by gift of deployment via the A319. You may have noticed just recently that a trial landing of the RAAF C17 Globe master (nearly a Renegade Master but not as good) was carried out at Casey, this was followed up by an operation to transport some heavy gear to station and perform a practice Medevac run should it be required for future – Have read of the news regarding that trip…

C17 Proof of Concept Article

As for me, I’ll more than likely just be aboard the ship for the whole time, there may be a chance for me to get ashore at Casey but it’s such a transient place with all the guests being flown in and out that accommodation there can be scarce if the weather takes a turn for the worst – If that’s the case it’ll just mean I may just have to stay aboard the Aurora Australis whilst we’re anchored offshore.. It’s not a bad place to be though…

Resupply V3 004

There’s no internet access on the ship, no Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Daily Mail, no media sensationalism, no X Factor and most definitely no Celebrity Come Dancing…I shall most likely find it quite a pleasurable trip given the aforementioned disconnection from reality (shows). There is however very limited email which is limited to 50kb bursts of data every 30 mins via the BGAN system – Enough for me to make a few phone calls or type enough email and keep in touch whilst away.

The main source of entertainment will most likely be LAN gaming with anybody else who happens to be aboard, last time on the trip home we all got a bit excited by playing HALO on our laptops each evening and blowing each other to smithereens – that was actually quite a good laugh!

So, no pictures of penguins or anything remotely interesting to show you, I did make the effort to get some shots of my accommodation here in Hobart though I’m sure you’ll agree I probably shouldn’t have bothered…

Right, toodlepip…

 

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