During a recent Replenishment at Sea with European Naval Forces Flag Ship, Royal Netherlands Navy ship HNLMS Johan de Witt, HMAS Success received a visit from Force Commander Rear Admiral Jonas Haggren, Swedish Navy.
On the evening of 28 February, Success transferred fuel to Johan de Witt and some members of their crew along with the Force Commander boarded the Australian ship for a ‘cross deck’ experience.
As part of Operation ATLANTA, Johan de Witt has a crew embarked made up from other European navies including Sweden and France. Five members were transferred via Success’s Seahawk helicopter ODIN and five members of Success’s ship’s company were privileged to conduct a tour of the Dutch Navy ship in return.
Rear Admiral Haggren was fortunate to receive a front row seat of the evolution and said it was great to be on Success and witness the crew’s professionalism throughout the replenishment.
"These opportunities to cross deck are great for the crews to see how other navies work. They can exchange experiences and learn something," Rear Admiral Haggren said.
Success provides logistic support to ships operating in the area which forms part of the European Naval Forces and Combined Maritime Forces responsibility, contributing to counter-piracy and counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East.
"The European Naval Force is extremely grateful for the support from ships assigned to Task Force 53," said Rear Admiral Haggren.
"It is vital to our operations."
Success will also contribute to Combined Task Force 150 tasking while on Operation MANITOU. Success is a multi-role tanker which flexibly responds to the replenishment requirements of coalition ships in the area while also conducting patrols and utilising its helicopter ODIN for surface search operations.
Commanding Officer Success, Captain Justin Jones, said most of the ships Success has supported have been from the European Naval Forces.
"It is indicative of the nature of naval cooperation and is evident throughout this region. We have a number of task forces and independently deployed ships in the region which we, in Success, are happy to support," said Captain Jones.
Success will remain in the area until she returns to Australia in June.
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