After a successful port visit to Visakhapatnam, India, it was straight back to work for the crew of HMAS Success.
They conducted a vertical replenishment to deliver much-needed supplies in support of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19).
The flight deck was a hive of activity, with sailors and officers of Success pushing through the hot and humid tropical conditions of the Andaman Sea to work together to prepare nine ‘palnets’ (palletised cargo nets) of frozen food.
The cargo, weighing about 6.7 metric tonnes, was then delivered via MRH90 maritime support helicopter to HMAS Newcastle, also deployed as part of IPE19.
Lieutenant Matthew Smith, a helicopter control officer, said while the evolution was long, hot and arduous, the professionalism of the crew of Success ensured it ran smoothly.
“We train for this regularly, which means when we do it for real, it is a success,” Lieutenant Smith said.
“I have nothing but praise for the crew who were involved and for the professionalism they have displayed.”
The Commanding Officer of Success, Captain Darren Grogan, said while this was the ship’s final deployment before she decommissions, the vertical replenishment demonstrated how capable the ship continues to be.
“Replenishment is the core capability Success provides to the fleet,” Captain Grogan said.
“While she might be coming to the end of her service, the crew of the ship, being the professional men and women they are, allows Success to maintain her mission capability.”
IPE19, which runs from March until the end of May, aims to promote security and stability in the region through bilateral and multilateral engagement, training and capacity-building.