HMAS Success continues vigilant search

Published on LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Topic(s): Operations, HMAS Success (OR 304)

Leading Seaman Luke Horsburgh stands watch during his duty as Quartermaster on the bridge of HMAS Success. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)
Leading Seaman Luke Horsburgh stands watch during his duty as Quartermaster on the bridge of HMAS Success.

The crew of Royal Australian Navy supply ship HMAS Success continue to conduct high tempo operations as the search for wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 nears the end of its fifth week.

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Luke Horsburgh from Success said the ship had been scouring a vast search area for more than three weeks since the search switched to a possible southern corridor for the ill-fated Malaysian flight.

“Everyone is in good spirits - we are working hard and it feels good to be part of such an important operation,” Leading Seaman Horsburgh said.

“Even when we are not on watch, the crew are on the upper decks searching for anything that might be of interest, but it can be tricky identifying what might be important from what’s just a piece of junk.

“It’s great working with other countries. Everyone is pitching in for something so important, particularly to the families of the people onboard the flight,” he said.

Commanding Officer of HMAS Success, Captain Allison Norris, said she was very proud of her crew’s efforts.

“The weather has been very rough at times but that has not stopped our people from rolling up their sleeves to help out,” Captain Norris said.

“Whenever they can, members of every rank have been out there on the upper decks scanning the waterline,” she said.

HMAS Success is one of six Australian ships now tasked to Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN in search of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft.