Good show old sport, as Success sails towards decommissioning

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Location(s): Langkawi, Malaysia

Topic(s): Volleyball, HMAS Success (OR 304), Indo-Pacific Endeavour, Futsal

Combined sports teams from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy gather to take part in a sports day during HMAS Success’s port visit to Langkawi in Malaysia as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Combined sports teams from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy gather to take part in a sports day during HMAS Success’s port visit to Langkawi in Malaysia as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.

Teams from HMAS Success took on the Royal Malaysian Navy in volleyball and futsal competitions on the island of Langkawi.

Visiting Malaysia as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19), Success spent almost a week berthed on the south side of the island, giving the ship’s company some much-needed downtime from their hectic schedule.

Physical training Instructor Petty Officer Steve McWilliams said the sports tournament was organised as a way for the crew to get to know their hosts.

“It’s a fairly low-key visit to Langkawi so we aren’t getting too many chances to engage ‘officially’ with our Malaysian counterparts," Petty Officer McWilliams said.

“We saw this as the perfect way of bringing the two navies together to get to know each other and have a bit of fun at the same time.

The volleyball competition was close, with the honours being shared among the Australians and their Malaysian hosts,” Petty Officer McWilliams said.

The futsal results went the Malaysians’ way. Following the game, mixed teams took to the field in a show of international sportsmanship.

Success’s Commanding Officer, Captain Darren Grogan, said despite the extremely busy deployment for his crew so far, they had managed to participate in a number of sporting competitions.

“We’ve played cricket in Sri Lanka and then again in India, and now we can add volleyball and futsal to that list,” Captain Grogan said.

“This will all help us to keep up our fitness for the final Sheriff Shield that we will hold at HMAS Creswell before the ship decommissions at Fleet Base East later this year.”

The Sheriff Shield is the ship’s annual rugby league game that pits the technical departments against their non-technical shipmates.

Success will decommission in June after 33 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Additional imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery:
http://images.defence.gov.au/S20191049.