HMAS BRISBANE has docked at its namesake port for the first time, with a Redlands local proudly on board.
Victoria Point local Able Seaman Benjamin Muller is part of the ship's commissioning crew, and sailed into Brisbane on Thursday.
The Brisbane was commissioned in October and has been touted as one of the Australian Navy's most advanced warships.
"It was a very proud moment bringing the ship in through Moreton Bay," AB Muller said.
"(There was) a lot of relief in it as well, finally bringing it up here.
"Commissioning this ship into the fleet has been a pretty high achievement for me."
AB Muller became a member of the TS Diamantina Navy Cadets at Victoria Point in 2010, before joining the Royal Australian Navy to become a marine technician.
"I was looking at doing a trade but doing something different to what everyone else was doing," he said.
"It's not everyday you get to work on a warship and nearly every weekend pull into a different port."
AB Muller, who is now an apprentice diesel fitter, helps to operate the ship's machinery out at sea.
"I'm what they call a watchkeeper," he said.
"I go through the spaces non-stop, cleaning up stuff, making sure it's running correctly, fixing up any problems."
The HMAS Brisbane is the third ship to which AB Muller has been posted during his five year career in the Navy.
He was on the HMAS Darwin during its deployment in the Middle East in 2016, when it made headlines for intercepting nearly a tonne of heroin off the coast of Africa.
"That was pretty daunting, pretty eye-opening as well but it was a good experience, just being on that side of the world, doing something for the country," he said.
AB Muller said after its stint in Brisbane, the ship would head back to Sydney.
"(There is) lots of training and maintenance to do down there," he said.
"We (then) head on down to America at the end of the year to do our weapons trials and qualifications."
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