After six months conducting maritime counter terrorism, counter piracy and maritime support operations in the Middle East, HMAS Success returned home to Garden Island, Sydney today.
The ship’s company were reunited with loved ones, who lined the wharf to welcome home the replenishment ship after a successful Operation MANITOU mission. While originally tasked with providing only logistics support, Success has given a practical demonstration of the utility of naval forces.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Darren Chester, MP, joined the Commander Surface Force, Commodore Lee Goddard on the wharf, recognising the contribution the 235 members of the ship’s company had made to global security.
Commanding Officer Success Captain Justin Jones said the ship provided a flexible capability to Combined Maritime Forces, based in Bahrain.
The ship conducted 37 boardings, almost half of the total number conducted by the greater Combined Task Force 150 during the period of her assignment.
The ship was the first Royal Australian Navy ship to be force assigned to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation operation and the first Australian ship to integrate into a French carrier battle group.
Success is the second ship to fully deploy to the Middle East region under Operation MANITOU, but represents the 59th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy warship to deploy to the area since the first Gulf War in 1990. HMAS Newcastle is currently deployed to the operation.
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