The ship’s company of the Royal Australian Navy Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMAS Success was treated to a spectacular fireworks display in Pearl Harbor on American Independence Day.
Success was alongside Pearl Harbor for the harbour phase of Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC), which gave her crew front row seats to the 4th of July fireworks celebration.
It was a spectacular sight, as fireworks exploded over warships from the 22 nations taking part in the world’s largest naval exercise, and splashed colour across the Hawaiian sky.
Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems sailor Jackson Mahy said the fireworks event was a rare treat for those on duty.
“I was actually duty on the 4th of July and with some of the fireworks actually launching right next to the ship, we were in the perfect position to get a first-hand view of all the celebrations,” Able Seaman Mahy said.
The next day, after conducting the daily naval custom of Colours, Success welcomed officers and sailors from other RIMPAC partner nations onboard for tours, while some of the Australian sailors and officers took the opportunity to tour warships from various other nations.
Able Seaman Mahy was lucky enough to tour the United States Navy aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan.
“One of the highlights of the Ronald Reagan tour was actually going up to the flight deck and seeing all of their aircraft on display. We were able to talk to some of the pilots and the air crewmen and discuss the aircraft capabilities.”
“During the sea phase, it is going to be exciting to work so closely with all these other nations and to further strengthen the bonds shared by our countries,” Able Seaman Mahy said.
Held every two years, RIMPAC is a unique opportunity to build interoperability and cultivate ties with the armed forces of Pacific Rim countries.
With the shore phase now complete and the sea phase underway, HMAS Success has sailed to join partner nations in the re-fuelling Task Force.
More images are available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/RIMPAC 14-0013