Both ships are taking part in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Perth has been at sea for several weeks. The refuel provided each ship with the chance to undertake a well rehearsed routine, but one which is always full of potential challenges.
A RAS takes time and the efforts of almost the entire ships’ company. Sailors like Able Seaman Marine Technician Hannah Nadalini join forces to make sure the evolution was completed properly and safely.
“My place during a RAS is on the distance line,” Able Seaman Nadalini said.
“Everyone at my station has done this many times but it’s important to work as a team and to focus on the task at hand.”
Nearby, Leading Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Jenna Shiel was on the Gun Direction Platform, preparing to fire a line across to Success to begin the delicate hook-up.
“It’s all about the aim!’ Leading Seaman Shiel said.
“A bad shot and the entire process could be delayed - that won’t go down well with my shipmates!” she said.
Throughout the process, however, the search for debris continued. Australian Army Gunner Richard Brown remained on Perth’s forecastle, binoculars at the ready.
“It’s a big ocean,” said Gunner Brown, “but at some stage we are all hoping that something will turn up to solve this mystery.”
After several hours, Perth detached from Success and both ships continued on their way.