Pearler of a 30th birthday in Success

Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Success (OR 304), Duke of Gloucester's Cup

(L-R) Former and current Commanding Officers of HMAS Success: Captain Ralph Derbridge (ret); Commander John Connor (ret); Captain Justin Jones, current Commanding Officer;  Captain Ainsley Morthorpe; Commander Simon Brown; Captain Steve O'Brien; Commodore Jim O'Hara (ret); commissioning Commanding Officer, Commodore Jim Longden (ret); and Captain Allison Norris. (photo: Unknown)
(L-R) Former and current Commanding Officers of HMAS Success: Captain Ralph Derbridge (ret); Commander John Connor (ret); Captain Justin Jones, current Commanding Officer; Captain Ainsley Morthorpe; Commander Simon Brown; Captain Steve O'Brien; Commodore Jim O'Hara (ret); commissioning Commanding Officer, Commodore Jim Longden (ret); and Captain Allison Norris.

HMAS Success celebrated her 'pearl' anniversary of 30 years of service to the Royal Australian Navy on 23 April 2016.
 
The ship hosted an informal reception that included current serving members and partners, previous commanding officers, members of the commissioning crew and representatives of the ship builders.
 
Construction on Success began in 1980 at Cockatoo Island, Sydney. She was the last warship built at the Naval dockyard. 
 
Commanding Officer Captain Justin Jones said the ship had an extensive history straddling peace, war and the spectrum of operations in between.
 
“Since commissioning in 1986, Success has deployed on 17 operational deployments, six Fleet Reviews and has held the Duke of Gloucester Cup, the fleet’s highest honour, on two occasions,” Captain Jones said.
 
“The ship could be christened the RIMPAC ‘guard ship’, having participated in ten RIMPAC exercises throughout its commission. Only four have been missed: 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2012.  
 
Success has also deployed overseas in every year of its commission, except for two, which is an astonishing statistic.”
 
The Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel has steamed 909,670.34 nautical miles and should achieve one million nautical miles prior to decommissioning. 
 
“She has also spent eight years or 27 per cent of her commission underway,” Captain Jones said. 

“Despite notching up 30 years, Success continues to be a force enabler to maritime task groups and the arrival of new capabilities, by providing cargo, spares, food, water, ammunition and fuels.”
 
Her Excellency Lady Stephen, wife of the then Governor General, His Excellency Sir Ninian Stephen, launched Success on the 3 March 1984, before she commissioned.