Success acknowledges International Women’s Day

Published on LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author and photographer)

Location(s): Darwin, NT

Topic(s): White Ribbon, Navy Values & Signature Behaviours, HMAS Success (OR 304), International Women's Day

International Women's Day morning tea on HMAS Success. Front, from left: Leading Seaman (LS) Lantry, Able Seaman (AB) Knight and AB Hart
Rear, from left: LS Mullaney, AB Smith, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Winston and CPO Holmes.
 (photo: LEUT Vishal Bhakoo)
International Women's Day morning tea on HMAS Success. Front, from left: Leading Seaman (LS) Lantry, Able Seaman (AB) Knight and AB Hart Rear, from left: LS Mullaney, AB Smith, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Winston and CPO Holmes.

Living Navy Values is a clear and consistent message in HMAS Success, and it was in that spirit that the ship’s company gathered for a special morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day focuses on respect and appreciation for women’s economic, political and social achievements, and offers an opportunity to reflect on women’s struggles, past and present. The aims of the day resonate with the Navy signature behaviour ‘Respect the contribution of every individual’, and Success’ own value ‘We respect the difference in others’.

Captain Allison Norris, Success’ Commanding Officer, directly related this to her ship when she reminded personnel that 39 of the ship’s company of 213 were women. She said that at 18.3%, this was above Navy’s own target.

“Navy itself has the highest proportion of women out of the three Services, and this allows diversity in the workplace, which in turn brings a different perspective to the workplace and supports the development of innovative solutions,’ CAPT Norris said.

After the formal morning tea, a number of Success’ crew reflected on what the occasion means to them. Dental Assistant Leading Seaman Jessie Lantry said that it was “great to have international awareness for women’s contribution to society.”

Chief Petty Officer Raechelle Henderson, Success’ Chief Coxwain shared her feelings that she had fully integrated into the ship and did not feel that she was treated any differently being a female. She said she attributes her integration into the ship to how welcome she feels in the Navy.

Ship’s Communications Officer, Lieutenant Jessica Cusumano summed it up when she said “it was nice for the girls to get together over some pink meringue, scones and muffins in order to raise money for a ship’s charity.”

Personnel were invited to contribute a gold coin, to raise funds for White Ribbon.

HMAS Success and her Ship’s Company respect and celebrate the contribution of every individual.