The Royal Australian Navy’s multi-product replenishment oiler HMAS Success recently demonstrated her capabilities while providing support to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the North Arabian Sea.
Commodore Brian Santarpia from the Royal Canadian Navy and current Commander of CMF’s counter-terrorism task force CTF-150 said:
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome HMAS Success to our operation. Success is a highly capable, versatile warship with a well-trained crew. By operating temporarily in partnership with us, Success will contribute to CMF’s efforts in promoting security and prosperity across some of the world’s most important shipping lanes, fighting terrorism, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment. It is great to have her aboard.”
The replenishment ship immediately set about the important work that CTF-150 does in the region, with her boarding party carrying out two board and search operation in the Gulf of Oman on 28 and 29 December. Having verified the vessels as legitimate merchant ships, they were left to continue with their journeys. When one of the ship’s masters was asked if he had run into any trouble in the area, he answered that he was safe and thanked CMF for their efforts.
HMAS Success departed Garden Island in Sydney on 23 November for a six-month deployment in the Middle East providing logistic support for international forces as part of the Royal Australian Navy’s Operation Manitou, contributing to the international effort to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East.