HMAS Success enjoyed a welcome change of tempo on 22 October when Commodore Warfare, Commodore Peter Leavy, visited the ship during its Mission Readiness Workup in the waters off Jervis Bay.
He arrived in ‘Odin’ the ship's Seahawk helicopter whilst the ship was at action stations and engaged in a damage control exercise.
Commodore Leavy then observed replenishment at sea with HMAS Sirius and a heavy jackstay serial with HMAS Sydney. In the course of the day he took the opportunity to tour Success and spent time with sailors, Senior Sailors and officers in their various messes and workplaces before returning to shore.
Commodore Leavy said that he was very interested to see the state of Success after her recent maintenance period, especially as the ship is shortly deploying in support of Operation MANITOU.
"My impression is that the ship is going very well and the crew is enthusiastic and professional," he said.
"It’s good to see them so well prepared for their new mission."
Commenting on Success’s upcoming visit to the Middle East Region, Commodore Leavy said the deployment was a wonderful opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy.
"In previous deployments our frigates have been assigned to clear and well understood fields of operation - anti-piracy, drug interdiction and so on - and they have performed very well," he said.
"In Success’s case we will have a ship which will interact far more broadly with our partners as she fulfils her primary job of replenishment at sea. Success will have the opportunity to give our Navy greater visibility to all coalition nations with maritime assets in the region."
Before he left the ship, Commodore Leavy had a word for Success’s personnel.
"For the duration of your deployment to OP MANITOU, Success will be the front end of our Navy.
"I’m confident you will succeed and do our Navy proud."