Culture shared during replenishment

Published on LEUT Vaoafi Hart (author)

Topic(s): HMAS Success (OR 304), National Reconciliation Week

Petty Officer Boatswain Jordan Bradshaw with ESPS Cristobal Colon in background. (photo: Unknown)
Petty Officer Boatswain Jordan Bradshaw with ESPS Cristobal Colon in background.

The Royal Australian Navy’s ‘battle tanker’ HMAS Success kicked off the recent National Reconciliation Week with a special didgeridoo performance during a replenishment with the Spanish Armada's ESPS Cristobal Colon.

The performance by Petty Officer Boatswain Jordon Bradshaw on Success’ upper decks, was a special treat for the Spanish crew during their extended visit to Australia, allowing them to get an insight into a unique aspect of indigenous Australian culture.

Ship’s Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Justin Moore noted the significance of the activity.

“It is a Navy tradition that music is played by a replenishment ship during a replenishment at sea evolution, so the live performance of traditional indigenous music to mark National Reconciliation Week was fitting,” Warrant Officer Moore said.

“This was a great opportunity for ship’s company to be reminded of and reflect on Australia’s reconciliation journey.”

Success also held a lunch, hosted by Commanding Officer Commander Grant Zilko.

“I have been touched by those that shared what the day has meant for them,” Commander Zilko said.

“We must recognise the past and look to the future as we take the next step together in our nation’s reconciliation path.

“My ship’s company is comprised of a diverse group of Australians, and that diversity adds directly to our capability by bringing together skills and insights from across a range of backgrounds.”

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Kazu Savage is proud of his indigenous heritage, and is proud to serve in the Australian Navy.

“This is special to me as it highlights my people’s connection to the land and raises awareness of our culture to create a more inclusive society,” he said.

“For our culture and heritage to be shared with not only my shipmates but also the crew of Cristobal Colon is a significant milestone for me.”