Battle Tanker prepares to supply the Fleet

Published on Amphibious and Afloat Support Group (author), CAPT Simon Cannell (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East

Topic(s): Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER, HMAS Success (OR 304), Sea Training Group, Unit Readiness Workups

'Battle Tanker' HMAS Success prepares to supply the fleet during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER. (photo: CAPT Simon Cannell)
'Battle Tanker' HMAS Success prepares to supply the fleet during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER.

HMAS Success, the Royal Australian Navy’s Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) Tanker has sailed today ready to supply the fleet after an extended maintenance period alongside Fleet Base East, which included a scheduled docking.

The 220 women and men of her ship's company will be put through their paces by Sea Training Group over the next couple of weeks, to ensure that the ship's company and ship are ready for her upcoming five-month deployment to South East Asia and Hawaii.

The ‘Battle Tanker’ will be put to the test on damage control, seamanship, and mariner skills over the next couple of weeks. As part of her assessment, Success will participate in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER ensuring that all the naval units involved in the war games off the east coast of Australia are supplied with fuel, ammunition, food and stores whilst underway at sea. Success is capable of conducting this task by day and night in varying weather conditions and sea states.

“Keeping the fleet replenished at sea is a challenging and constant task. It demands a high level of professionalism and seamanship,” said Captain Simon Cannell, the Amphibious and Afloat Support Capability Managers Representative.

“The Ship’s Company have shown significant grit and determination in getting the First Lady of the Fleet back to sea.”

HMAS Success (AOR 304) is 18,000 tonne fully loaded and 157.2m in length. She was built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 23 April 1986. Success is the largest ship entirely built in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy and the largest ever built in the port of Sydney.