Fleet Base Perth 1706 – TF72 November Mission Report

Mission Sitrep No.     FBP-1706 November Mission Report

Date of Mission:       26th November 2017

Location of Mission:   Jackadder lake Reserve, Woodlands, WA

Weather:   A slight breeze, with some cloud – water conditions were not to bad, but the water conditions improved as the morning wore on.

Ships in Attendance & Members in Attendance:   Skippers in attendance Andrew with HNLMS Tromp, Nige with HMAS Toowoomba, Rob with USS Roosevelt, Peter with submarine USS Scorpion, and Serge (me) with HMS Brilliant F90. Richard K also came down and gave us moral support.

Mission Actions:  This is Brilliants maiden sail at a club sail day as the photos shows she is very incomplete, minus hangar structure – I was testing the propulsion system, ballasting and trim, she a couple of little issues but easily rectified, she handled the conditions very well. The day’s sail had no set program; we just put the models in the water and sailed, joked, discussed and generally had a good time. Pete is really getting the hang of driving the Scorpion and when Scorpion is on the bank he seems to attract a lot of attention. We did have some nervous moments when Brilliant went from flat out to dead stop, Tug Argus was dispatched, Tromp and Toowoomba hung around making sure Brilliant did not drift to far away, at one stage even tug Argus had to give up due to issues, in the end we let Brilliant drift to the reeds where I waded in and cleared the metre long trail of weed wrapped around the props, Peter then skippered her back to the anchorage, Argus also had weed issues. As it gets warmer and the levels of the lake decreases the weeds are become more of an issue – will be speaking to the Council about it.

That is all from us here in the West Enjoy the photos

Cheers Serge