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HMAS Success returned to Australia on June 3 after spe
months away from her home port of Sydney. It is expecte
Singapore will contribute substantially to an extension o
life to around 2020. LEUT Darren Mallett reports.
SAILORS and officers posting
in to HMAS Success receive a
plastic card when they attend
their joining briefs.
The Success 'Our Ship' card must be
carried at all times and members of the
ship's company are encouraged to chal-
lenge their peers to check if it is on their
person. But carrying the card and living
up to the expectations outlined on the
'Our Ship' card are two different, if not
inextricably linked, situations.
"I will live the Navy values" is the
first of 14 challenges listed on the card.
That goes beyond honour, honesty,
courage, integrity and loyalty.
For more than two years, Navy has
been indoctrinated into a new culture;
one which better reflects modern values
and requires those of us in service to
maintain a standard above that displayed
by many in the general public. The
microscope of public examination hovers
over incidents that another organisation
would not be held accountable for if its
"And rightly so," current Success
Commanding Officer CMDR Ainsley
"Everyone in Navy should
recognise that we are ambassadors
for Australia and the ADF, and
behave accordingly. Whether we
are in uniform or not, we wear the
'Australia' badge on our shoul-
ders. Our Navy values should
define who we are 24/7. Those
who find that a burden too ardu-
ous to bear have been advised that
they are in the wrong organisa-
tion," CMDR Morthorpe says.
Behaviours linked to some
former members of the ship's
company led to a Commission of
Inquiry. The incidents that brought the
situation to a head occurred during a
south-east Asian deployment in 2009, but
were part of an unacceptable pattern of
behaviour by a few who have tainted the
reputation of many who were serving in
the ship at the time.
"We will bring honour to our coun-
try, our shipmates and ourselves."
The road to recovery is usually a
much more arduous uphill battle than
the swift downhill run suffered from a
negative incident. There is no doubt the
current ship's company is aware of the
expectation placed on them and they are
up for the challenge.
CMDR Morthorpe assumed com-
mand of Success in late 2010 at the end
of a busy operational period for the ship.
The CO is understandably proud of the
team he has inherited but recognises it
will take time to rebuild public confi-
dence in the ship and its crew.
But Success is continuing to focus on
rebuilding its reputation.
From August 2010, Success, under
the command of CMDR Tony Rayner,
took part in a number of major exercises
and conducted port visits to Darwin,
Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
In late 2010, three days after leav-
ing Makassar, Indonesia, the Officer of
the Watch noticed a man floating in the
water with no other boats in sight.
Rescuing the Indonesian man from
certain death, it was discovered he was
the sole survivor from a fishing boat that
had sunk. The fortunate man was given
the affectionate nickname "Lucky", and
was cared for by ship's company who
donated clothing and money before
arrangements were made to return him to
The incident, although tragic because
of those who perished before Success
rescued the sole survivor, was a highlight
for many of the ship's company. But it
hardly made the media. Many of the sail-
ors on board can't understand why good
news spreads more thinly than bad.
In another incident on May 6, Success
sailors displayed their courage when
they entered the water in an attempt to
save a civilian contractor who had fallen
overboard while working on the ship in
Three RAN sailors brought the
Singaporean man to the surface and a
medic provided first aid before an ambu-
lance transferred him to a local hospital.
Tragically, the man died a few hours later
from injuries sustained during the fall.
"I will lead by example." CMDR
Morthorpe assumed command after
Success conducted a port visit to Perth
to allow for short leave and offload fuel.
The return to Singapore for the conver-
sion marked the beginning of a testing
time for all on board.
"I will be accountable for my
actions and decisions. We won't let
the team down." Although some were
able to attend courses and deal with
career goals in Australia, a significant
number of the crew was required to work
on site, a commercial shipyard in Tuas,
Singapore, from December 2010 through
to April 2011.
During the five-month period Success
was in Singapore undergoing a double
hull conversion to align the ship with
International Maritime Organisation
requirements for bulk fuel carriers,
between 70 and 80 officers and sailors
We know what is expected of us and have been delive
can be very proud of them.
MAKE WAY: HMAS
Success passes through
the Whitsunday passage
on her voyage from
Singapore to Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
"Everyone in Navy should recognise that we
are ambassadors for Australia and the ADF and
behave accordingly. Whether we are in uniform
or not, we wear the 'Australia' badge on our
shoulders. Our Navy values should define who
we are 24/7. Those who find that a burden too
arduous to bear have been advised that they ar
in the wrong organisation."
-- CMDR Ainsley Morthorp
CO HMAS Succe
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