Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Success, deployed as part of Operation MANITOU, engaged in a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with Royal Navy’s vessel in the Middle East Region.
This was Success’ third replenishment evolution and it lasted for approximately one hour. Success transferred almost 150 cubic metres of fuel to HMS Kent. Commanding Officer of the Duke Class, Type 23 frigate, Commander Andrew Block, described the exchange as very smart, professional and entertaining.
Success is deployed until May and has many rendezvous opportunities with various nations within the region as part of the Combined Task Force 53.
This is only the second time the Royal Australian Navy replenishment ship has deployed to the area. Success was deployed to the Gulf of Aden in 1991, 24 years ago.
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