Home sweet home

HMAS Success returned to Fleet Base East on August 24 after a five month deployment to South East Asia and the Pacific, in support of Indo Pacific Endeavour and Exercise RIMPAC 18. The RAN’s ‘Battle Tanker’ visited eight ports in seven nations, participated in two international exercises, contributed to numerous regional engagement activities, conducted 60 Replenishment at Sea evolutions and travelled 19,000 nautical miles in the process. For Leading Seaman Marine Technician Clinton Hamblin the ships return was an emotional one. “Coming home means more this time than others, as…

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IPE18 completes its final port visit

August 21, 2018 – The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed its final two port visits as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE) 2018, marking the conclusion of a three month journey across the Pacific, working with Pacific Island partners in support of regional prosperity and security. HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba visited the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara, while HMAS Success visited Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. ​​​​​​​ADF personnel worked alongside partner security forces and local communities to conduct women in leadership and medical workshops, as well as carrying out repair…

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IPE18 resumes following RIMPAC success

Following the successful conclusion of Exercise Rim of the Pacific, the Australian Defence Force has resumed its major maritime activity, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18). Continuing the effort to deepen Australia’s defense engagement and security partnerships in the south west Pacific, HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba – along with a platoon of Australian soldiers from 2RAR (2nd Battalion Royal Australia Regiment) – and US Marines are on their way to the Solomon Islands’ capital, Honiara. Replenishment ship HMAS Success will visit Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. The commanding officers of the…

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ADF exercises interoperability at RIMPAC

More than 1600 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have arrived in the United States ahead of a month of focused military training activities with 26 nations from across the globe for Exercise Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. The ADF has deployed HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba and Melbourne which have been part of the Indo Pacific Endeavour 2018 task group, one submarine, diving personnel, an amphibious landing force from the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft to RIMPAC. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the…

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Australian Navy ships in Vanuatu for IPE engagement

Two Royal Australian Navy ships from Joint Task Group 661.1 have arrived in Vanuatu to conduct the first port visit of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18) program. IPE18 is an Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group deployment to the South Pacific, designed to enhance the strong and positive defence partnerships the ADF shares with its regional counterparts, through meaningful engagement, dialogue and training activities. On Wednesday, HMAS Success completed officer of the watch maneuvers with the Vanuatu Police Force vessel RVS Tokuro before the Pacific Patrol Boat led the Australian…

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RAN Participation in Exercise KOMODO concludes

The third iteration of Multilateral Naval Exercise KOMODO (MNEK) has drawn to a close off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. The shore phase of the exercise saw participant nations conduct a city parade, cultural and sporting events, and engagement activities. On completion, warships joined for two days of practical exercises at sea. HMAS Anzac sailed in formation with 33 other warships, bound for the designated exercise area before a sail past on the final day marked the close of MNEK 2018. For 2018, the overarching theme of the exercise was…

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Royal Australian Navy Ships visit Vietnam

HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success have completed a port visit to Vietnam, as part of a three month South East Asia deployment. During the port visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Anzac, Toowoomba and Success conducted a logistic resupply and local engagement with Vietnam People’s Armed Forces and local government officials. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said Anzac, Toowoomba and Success’ deployment provided an opportunity to continue to build a working relationship with Vietnamese counterparts and engagement with Australia’s ASEAN partners. “I am particularly pleased that…

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One hundred million litres of fuel transferred by HMAS Sirius

HMAS Sirius has achieved a significant milestone with the ship supplying its one hundred millionth liter of fuel during underway replenishments at sea (RAS). For everyday Australians, this is the equivalent to topping up the family four wheel drive 1.25 million times. The milestone occurred during a dual replenishment of frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta off the south coast of New South Wales, with Parramatta receiving the golden litre of fuel. Sirius conducted her 500th replenishment with Melbourne in September 2017. Over 12 years of service, Sirius has conducted…

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Battle Tanker prepares to supply the Fleet

HMAS Success, the Royal Australian Navy’s Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) Tanker has sailed today ready to supply the fleet after an extended maintenance period alongside Fleet Base East, which included a scheduled docking. The 220 women and men of her ship’s company will be put through their paces by Sea Training Group over the next couple of weeks, to ensure that the ship’s company and ship are ready for her upcoming five-month deployment to South East Asia and Hawaii. The ‘Battle Tanker’ will be put to the test on damage…

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Australia Announces New AOR Names

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the names of the Royal Australian Navy’s future support ships. The new fleet replenishment ships will be named Supply and Stalwart. Supply will be the second vessel in the Royal Australian Navy to bear the name that has its origins with the armed tender ship that accompanied the First Fleet to Australia. Stalwart is being named after two previous Australian Navy vessels, one a destroyer that served between 1920 and 1925 and the second destroyer tender served from 1968 to…

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Keeping the task group on task

With no commercial floating petrol stations in the middle of the ocean, Royal Australian Navy ships and helicopters rely on specialized replenishment ships for all their fuel needs. Underway refueling is called replenishment-at-sea (or RAS), which requires a number of complex maneuvers that requires ships to maintain a steady course and speed for a number of hours. The Australian Navy has two underway replenishment ships, HMAS Ships Sirius and Success – which with the support of similar Allied vessels, keeps the Australian Navy steaming across the globe. For a task…

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Success Flexes Mariner Skills

HMAS Success has been doing what she does best by providing much-needed supplies to the Fleet. Since January she has conducted 55 replenishments at sea and delivered approximately 6.5 million liters of fuel. During EXERCISE TALISMAN SABRE 17, Success flexed her mariner skills by achieving a three-point replenishment, where the ship simultaneously replenished two ships with fuel, while consigned cargo was transferred by the ship’s MRH90, multi-role helicopter. In one particular day, Success transferred approximately 1.5 million liters of fuel and 20,800 kg of fresh produce to HMA Ship’s Darwin,…

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Busy as a Battle Tanker

The Royal Australian Navy works hard at protecting the seaborne trade on which Australia depends for its livelihood and wellbeing – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And few have exemplified that commitment this year more than HMAS Success and her crew. In just three months after a long period alongside conducting maintenance, the Navy’s battle tanker has been busy certifying the platform and training the crew to perform the scope of maritime operations necessary to regional security. Commanding Officer, Commander Grant Zilko said Success was “straining at her lines”…

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