After completing the shore phase of Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC), and sailing last week for the sea phase, HMAS Success is again open for business – her core business of Replenishment at Sea. And, her ship’s company will have the chance to refuel some new friends.
Prior to sailing from Pearl Harbor for the sea phase, the Australian sailors and officers joined sailors from 21 other RIMPAC partner nations in an extensive series of exercise briefings, meetings, social events and of course, the intense round of sporting events conducted at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, under the banner of the RIMPAC Sporting Cup.
Members of Success’s Ship’s Company took part in the softball, basketball, soccer, indoor and sand (beach) volleyball, 5km run, singles and doubles tennis, ten pin bowling, outrigger canoeing and swimming competitions.
Success achieved great results in several events, including a very credible 4th place to Seaman Communications and Information Systems sailor Emma Radford in the Women’s Open 5km run.
The Australian doubles duo of Lieutenants Vishal Bhakoo and Michael Bonning, the ship’s Dental Officer and Medical Officer, won the Men’s Doubles Tennis tournament. Lieutenant Bhakoo also won the Men’s Tennis Singles competition.
Overall, in a field of 54 ships and commands competing in the sports program, Success shared eighth place with the Canadian ship HMCS Calgary; just one place ahead of the New Zealand ship HMNZS Canterbury.
After the tennis finals, which were held on a hot and humid 4th of July, Lieutenant Bhakoo commented on how much he had enjoyed the competition.
“We’ve had five days of intense competition between participating ships and we’ve often played three matches in a day,” he said.
“I’ve played against people from India, Japan, South Korea, Chile, and the United States and enjoyed every moment. It has helped me get to know the people and nations we will be working closely with during the sea phase of RIMPAC. It’s been an honour to represent Success and the Royal Australian Navy,” Lieutenant Bhakoo said.