The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Durance-class replenishment oiler, HMAS Success (OR 304) has completed her final External Maintenance Period (EMP) alongside Fleet Base East after her South East Asia, Indo Pacific Endeavour 18 and Exercise RIMPAC deployment, and prior to her planned decommissioning in 2019.
EMPs are the chaotic phase between ships coming back from and returning to sea. Contractors support ships staff to maintain a tailored and balanced materiel state, with the ship’s engineering departments put through their paces. These periods aim to allow the ship to be inspected and refitted in order to maintain capability.
On return from extended deployment, the crew of Success enjoyed some well-earned respite then went straight into EMP, ensuring that the ship was in top shape before proceeding back to sea. Success’ EMP was conducted over six weeks and during that time completed a significant amount of corrective maintenance, which allowed the ship to safely return to sea for the first time in eight weeks.
Success’ Liquid Cargo Officer, Lieutenant Daniel Khayat, said the combined efforts between contractors and ships staff contributed to a successful EMP.
“The EMP was challenging to complete all the tasks and ensure the capability was available on time to allow us to proceed to our next tasking, but collectively we managed to work through it,” LEUT Khayat said.
HMAS Success (OR 304) is a Durance-class multi-product replenishment oiler serving in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
She was built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney and commissioned into the Navy on 23 April 1986. She is the only ship of the class to be constructed outside France, and the only one to not originally serve in the Marine Nationale (French Navy).
The ship was part of the Australian contribution to the 1991 Gulf War, and was deployed to East Timor in response to incidents in 1999 and 2006. The ship was fitted with a double hull during the first half of 2011, to meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards.