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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