Only three days into tasking on Operation MANITOU and while transiting the North Arabian Sea, South East of Oman, HMAS Success rendered medical assistance to an Iranian fishing vessel.
At approximately 1250 local time on 17 December, Success received a distress call from a small dhow in the area reporting their Master was sick and asking for assistance.
Success responded and prepared boarding party teams, along with the ship’s doctor. The vessel was confirmed as a small sambuq fishing dhow displaying an Iranian flag. Twenty-one people were onboard, including the ill member.
After the boarding teams deemed the vessel safe, Success’s doctor, Lieutenant Michael Bonning, embarked the fishing boat and attended to man. He was assessed, provided with medication and instructed to make for port to receive follow up examination and care.
Lieutenant Bonning said the boat was clean and in good repair and all other members appeared in good health.
"This was an individual case and it was fortunate that we were in the area to provide the appropriate treatment so far from land," he said.
Commanding Officer Success Captain Justin Jones said he was pleased with how the crew responded to the distress call so early into their deployment.
"The eagerness with which ship’s company took action at such an unexpected time shows that we are a capable platform able to provide a varied response outside of our standard operations. This sets the tone for the rest of the deployment," Captain Jones said.
Success operates as part of Task Force 53, which provides logistic support to coalition navies in the area.
As part of Operation MANITOU, Success is tasked by Joint Task Force 633 to conduct underway replenishments, including vertical replenishments with ships from Combined Maritime Forces, enabling them to remain at sea on task for longer periods.
Operation MANITOU is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region.
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