Seychelles stopover for Success

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthea Baczkowski (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Location(s): Victoria, Seychelles

Topic(s): Operation MANITOU

Commanding Officer HMAS Success, Captain Justin Jones, RAN, salutes as the Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Susan Coles crosses the gangway during a short visit while HMAS Success is in the Seychelles on her return trip to Australia after serving in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)
Commanding Officer HMAS Success, Captain Justin Jones, RAN, salutes as the Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Susan Coles crosses the gangway during a short visit while HMAS Success is in the Seychelles on her return trip to Australia after serving in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Success is homeward bound after a six month deployment in the Middle East undertaking duties as part of Operation MANITOU.

During a respite and refuelling stop in the Seychelles, Success hosted luncheon on behalf of their former Commander on MANITOU, Commander Joint Task Force 633, Rear Admiral Trevor Jones.

Invitees included Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Susan Coles, Lieutenant Gilbert from the Seychelles Coast Guard, Mr Wayne Bastin from the Seychelles Ministry of Home Affairs and members of the Australian expatriate community.

Commanding Officer Success Captain Justin Jones hosted the luncheon and said it was important to reinforce the strong links between Australia and the Seychelles.

"Events such as these foster good ties between the local national council and their ties to Australia," he said.

The ship also welcomed approximately 40 members of the Seychelles Australian Alumni onboard for a tour.

Guests were shown the major capabilities of the 'Battle Tanker', including the replenishment at sea rigs and control room, the embarked Seahawk helicopter, the boarding team equipment and bridge.

The most popular part of the tour was the ship’s galley – where the ‘Aussies away from home’ were offered Tim Tams and Mint Slices. 

Some said they were just thankful to hear another Australian accent, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see a “little slice of Australia which can be sailed around the world".

Success sailed from the Seychelles for Australia on 14 May, she is due to return to her home port Fleet Base East in Sydney in early June.