Kia Ora Wellington

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Vaoafi Hart (author), ABML-P Matthew Kiss (photographer)

Location(s): Wellington

Topic(s): HMAS Success (OR 304), Exercise TALISMAN SABRE

Able Seaman Maritime Logisitcs - Personnel Matthew Kiss and Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jay Stevenson at the Cheetah Encounter located at Wellington Zoo. (photo: ABML-P Matthew Kiss)
Able Seaman Maritime Logisitcs - Personnel Matthew Kiss and Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jay Stevenson at the Cheetah Encounter located at Wellington Zoo.
The ship’s company of HMAS Success took some time to enjoy a couple of days rest and recuperation in Wellington, New Zealand recently, reaffirming ties with their Kiwi friends.
 
After spending weeks away at sea taking part in EXERCISE TALISMAN SABRE 17, and participating in the 75th-anniversary events commemorating the Battles of Guadalcanal and Savo Island in Honiara, Success ship’s company enjoyed the opportunity to relax after a busy period.
 
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Erin Kelly, was one of a small group who was able to experience a close encounter with cheetahs and meerkats at Wellington’s Zoo.
 
“It was fantastic to get some time alongside in Wellington,” she said.
 
Sub Lieutenant Simon Forster enjoyed Wellington’s military history and the enriching Māori culture it had to offer.
 
“The highlight was visiting the Rimutaka Crossing where New Zealand’s First World War troops made the crossing between the military camp in Featherston and Wellington,” Sub Lieutenant Forster said.
 
While in Wellington, Success hosted a tour for personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force. The visit provided the opportunity to discuss maritime replenishment capability and strengthen our relationship with one of our nearest international partners.
 
Lieutenant Anthony McLeod spoke of the visit saying, it was a unique opportunity for both Navy’s to learn about future logistic resupply and replacement capabilities.
 
Success recently completed OPERATION SOLANIA, an Australian Defence Force contribution to maritime surveillance within the Pacific Region.
 
The visit to Wellington was the ship’s final port visit before returning to her home port of Sydney, at Fleet Base East.