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October 11, 2012
THE ship's company of HMAS Success
has successfully achieved unit readi-
ness (UR) in the countdown to Ex Triton
Warrior in November.
Success achieved UR on September 28
after a series of highly challenging sce-
narios conducted by Sea Training Group
off the East Australian Exercise Area.
This achievement followed 22
months of IMO double hull conversion
in Singapore, refit and defect rectification
work and completing an auxiliary oiler
replenishment (AOR) reconstitution plan.
The crew worked hard throughout the
many challenges to maintain skill sets for
the core function of replenishment at sea
(RAS) and support to the Fleet.
CO Success CMDR Ainsley
Morthorpe praised his crew for achieving
UR as well as all other key milestones in
her work-up, on time and to the required
standards, beginning with getting back
to sea on June 27 to begin mariner skills
"The achievement of UR and other
important milestones during the past few
months speaks volumes of the crew's
resilience during what has been a very
tough and challenging two years," he said.
Success' other reconstitution highlights
included completion of MSE and sea
qualifications trials, where she completed
her first dual-ship simultaneous RAS with
HMA Ships Sydney and Newcastle.
The highly challenging URE tested
the ship's ability to work effectively in
both defence and cruising watches across
the entire operational capability range,
managing threats and emergencies at sea
including fire-fighting, boardings and
damage control serials, while being able
to perform in her core role as an AOR.
"It is a credit to the crew that we
remained on track to pass the URE right
from the beginning," CMDR Morthorpe
said.The ship's culture of leadership and
mentoring at all rank levels enabled young
sailors to get through their first URE.
"We worked hard to get Success
through URE so that she would be a real
ship again," LSCSO Ronnie Tullipan said.
"It was a lot of hard work but the UR
signalled our return to the Fleet oper-
ationally, which was a very important
milestone for us."
CMDR Morthorpe said as the Navy's
"total logistics solution", Success was
proud to be enhancing her own capabili-
ties as well as those of the Triton Warrior
task group that was designed to hone
collective training and high-end war-
"Triton Warrior will enable Success
to help the Fleet strengthen its skills to
be replenished at sea, because HMAS
Sirius couldn't be everywhere at once
over the last two years," he said.
One of Success' most significant
challenges in recent months was recon-
stituting the engineering department.
Qualifying engineers to be AOR
endorsed involved bringing back senior
sailors from within the Fleet to provide
"The experience base within the ship
was low, as we had lost capability and
many skill sets had faded during the
past 18 months in maintenance," CMDR
"What I find amazing about this
ship's company is how it continued to
adapt to meet the challenge of being
ready to take the ship back to sea after a
number of false starts and so many chal-
lenges along the way."
"Damage control was the
most important aspect of
the UR as well as our RAS
rig certification, because
that is what makes us
unique in the Fleet."
-- ABBM Leeroy Franklin
"I have access to good
mentors on Success which
helped me to deal with the
tempo of the URE and the
serials, including fire-fighting
and damage control."
-- ABWTR Simmi Lockhart
conducting a serial
URE. Right, ABCIS
left, and SMNCIS
right, in action on
the Flag Deck.
Photos: CMDR Ainsley
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