Success pauses for White Ribbon

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), WO Justin Moore (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Darwin, Northern Territory

Topic(s): White Ribbon

HMAS Success SEAD 011/16 (photo: Unknown)
HMAS Success SEAD 011/16

The crew of HMAS Success took time out of a busy deployment to South East Asia to promote the ideals of the White Ribbon campaign last month.

More than 100 members of the Royal Australian Navy battle tanker attended a morning tea at which the Ship's Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Justin Moore, spoke of an Australia in which every woman lived in safety, free from all forms of abuse.

He said events like this were essential in achieving that goal and changing the attitudes and behaviours that led to men's violence against women.

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Elise Fisher said the morning tea was a great way for us to recognise an important cause.

"To have this many people turn up in support of White Ribbon while at sea says a lot about us as an organisation and a crew," Leading Seaman Fisher said.

Attendees wore white summer uniform in recognition of the cause and to support the formation of a human White Ribbon on the flight deck.

The event provided some well-earned rest for the crew of Success which left Darwin in June.

However, it was a brief respite with the ship called to refuel USS Spruance shortly after.

USS Spruance is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in service with the United States Navy.

Success will return to Darwin in September for Exercise Kakadu - the Royal Australian Navy's premier international maritime activity.