After an emotional farewell, HMAS Success departed Fleet Base East on 23 November on deployment to the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. This the second deployment for Success and the 59th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy fleet unit to the region since 1990.
At sea for White Ribbon Day, ship's company took the opportunity on their day of departure to hand out white ribbons to family and friends who had come to say farewell. This gesture added to the significance of what was already a historic day for Success and Navy.
Success promoted White Ribbon Day while at sea during the transit, incorporating a cheese night which proved a hit amongst the crew. In keeping with the theme, the talented chefs of Success arranged the main cheese platter into the shape of the white ribbon emblem.
Commanding Officer HMAS Success, Captain Justin Jones said it was an opportunity for him to talk to some of the sailors in a relaxed setting soon after their departure.
“Being able to incorporate a cheese night as part of White Ribbon promotion allows for easier discussion amongst ship’s company than would a more formal setting,” Captain Jones said.
Able Seaman Ned Jago said all his mates onboard were supporting White Ribbon.
“Everyone read the White Ribbon information leaflet at the cheese night and agrees it is an important message to spread and get behind. Abuse and assault are not tolerated in the Navy, and with New Generation Navy it is natural for us to promote an end to domestic violence as well,” he said.
This year Navy became Australia's largest organisation to receive White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation for demonstrating a culture of zero tolerance of men's violence against women.
Opertation MANITOU is the Australian Government's contribution to the international effort to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region.