‘Team Success’ – an exceptional effort

Published on LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author), LSIS Andrew Dakin (photographer), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

The welcome reception was held onboard HMAS Success, berthed alongside Garden Island, Sydney and was attended by dignitaries and representatives from visiting Navies. (photo: LSIS Andrew Dakin)
The welcome reception was held onboard HMAS Success, berthed alongside Garden Island, Sydney and was attended by dignitaries and representatives from visiting Navies.

‘Team’ …One word that expresses the character of HMAS Success Ship’s Company in 2013.

It was year where all departments worked together, expended long hours and established a strong working relationship with contractors and Sea Training Group to ensure Success was able to achieve her mission in 2013; Unit Ready (UR) status.

There were highs and lows but throughout the year Success’ Ship’s Company maintained their sense of humour and positive outlook.

Extended Maintenance Availability (EMA) commenced in December 2012 and was completed at the same time as the International Fleet Review in October 2013. Success had the privilege of hosting the Commander Australian Fleet’s  Welcome Reception onboard and it provided successful opening to the one in one hundred year commemorative event as 'Team Success' transformed the ship from a work site into Navy’s formal showpiece in just two weeks.

In late October, Success sailed for the first time in 10 months and successfully completed her Mariner Skills Evaluation (MSE). In less than two months Success also effectively completed Standing Sea Fire and Emergency Party Certification, Harbour Acceptance Trials, Sea Qualification Trial SQT, Work Up, UR and First of Class Flight Trials (FOCFT).

Lieutenant Roberts, the Helicopter Control Officer onboard, said whilst underway an impressive 219 deck landings were achieved during the FOCFT.

“It was a monumental team effort by Ship’s Company to successfully complete First of Class Flight Trials in 10 days when it normally takes up to six weeks.”

Success fired over 10000 rounds of small arms ammunition, spent 650 hours underway, steamed 6650 nautical miles, sent over 6500 signals and consumed 51kg of jelly bean action snacks.

The Commanding Officer, Captain Allison Norris, said Success’ Unit Ready status was the highlight for 2013.

“Our achievements were accomplished in just 35 days at sea; an exceptional effort.”

Now that Success has achieved UR, each member of the team is looking forward to a busy program next year.

Boatswains Mates of HMAS Success watch a line throwing projectile be shot across to HMAS Darwin in order to set up for a tow exercise as part of the Ship's Work-Up period in the East Australian Exercise Area.

Boatswains Mates of HMAS Success watch a line throwing projectile be shot across to HMAS Darwin in order to set up for a tow exercise as part of the Ship's Work-Up period in the East Australian Exercise Area.

(Left) Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) James Johansson and ABBM Tom John  maintain a look out whilst closed up on a 12.7mm Browning Machine Gun, during a Force Protection exercise on HMAS Success.

(Left) Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) James Johansson and ABBM Tom John maintain a look out whilst closed up on a 12.7mm Browning Machine Gun, during a Force Protection exercise on HMAS Success.