HMAS Success (II) passes through the Whitsunday passage on her voyage from Singapore to Sydney
Commanding Officer
Role Combat Logistics
OR 304
International Callsign
Strive To Win
Home Port
Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, NSW
Laid Down
9 August 1980
3 March 1984
Launched by
Her Excellency Lady Stephen, wife of the then Governor-General of Australia
23 April 1986
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 18,000 tonnes (full load)
Length 157.2 metres
Beam 21.2 metres
Draught 8.6 metres
Speed 20 knots
Range 8600 nautical miles
Crew 220
Machinery 2 x SEMT-Pielstick 16 diesels
  • 1 x Vulcan Phalanx Mk 15 CIWS (for selected deployments)
  • 7 x 12.7mm machine guns
Radars 2 x Kelvin Hughes Type 100G
  • 1 x AS 350B Squirrel or
  • 1 x Seahawk
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HMAS Success (II), based on the French 'Durance' Class Ship was built in Australia by Cockatoo Dockyard Pty Ltd at Sydney, New South Wales. She was launched from their slipway on 03 March 1984 by her launching Lady, Her Excellency Lady Stephen, wife of the then Governor-General of Australia and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 23 April 1986. She is the largest ship built in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and also the largest ever built in the port of Sydney.

HMAS Success (II) is an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel of 18,000 tonne fully loaded and 157.2 metres in length. She is not the first ship to be named Success. In all, 19 British men-of-war ships are known to have carried the name, most during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Contemporary maritime operations demand that naval combat units be supplied with fuel, ammunition, food and stores whilst underway at sea. HMAS Success (II) is designed for this task. She is capable of day and night Replenishment at Sea (RAS) to ships alongside and concurrently by her embarked helicopter to other ships in company via Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP). Four main RAS stations are fitted, two of which have dual functions and can be used to transfer either fuel or solid cargo. RAS operations are controlled from the Cargo Control Room amidships. During solid cargo transfer a traveller riding on a tension highline between Success (II) and a fixed point in the receiving ship supports the load.

During fuel transfers, the highline is used to support a hose which hangs from several travelling saddles and which has a quick connecting probe to mate with the fuel receiving point in the ship being fuelled. The solid cargo transfer stations are designed to handle sizeable loads of up to nearly 2 tonnes. All winches use hydraulic transmissions with electro hydraulic controls. The RAS system is designed to cope with the extreme demands caused by ship motion in rough weather and varying sea states. HMAS Success (II) thus enables RAN fleet units to operate with a greater degree of flexibility and independence from shore support than has previously been possible from other RAN sources.

The ship's company of 220 is required to operate and maintain the propulsion, replenishment, auxiliary machinery and support systems in Success (II). Providing underway replenishment support to the fleet is a challenging and continuing task requiring technical proficiency and high seamanship standards. As would be expected in a modern warship, accommodation and recreation areas are spacious and well designed. Meals are provided from one centralised galley that includes a bakery. The medical centre includes an operating theatre, infirmary and dental surgery.

The first HMAS Success

The first HMAS Success (I) (H02) was an S Class DD built by Wm Doxford & Son Ltd., Sunderland UK. She was laid down on the 29 June 1918, launched 27 January 1920 and decommissioned 21 May 1931. She was eventually sold on 04 June 1937. HMAS Success (I) was 276ft in length with a beam of 26ft 9ins and a draft of 10ft 10ins. Her displacement was 1075 tons and had a speed of 36kts.

HMAS Success (I) armament consisted of three 4 inch Mk IV BL; one 2-pounder Qf; one .303-inch Maxim MG; two .303-inch Lewis MG; one twin .303-inch Lewis MG; two twin 21 inch Mk IV TT; two DC trowers and four DC chutes. Originally built for the Royal Navy, she was to be renamed Rabaul by the RAN but this was rescinded on 11 June 1920 and the original name of Success was retained.

Middle East Region Deployments

Contributing to stable, rules-based global security is one of Australia's national objectives. Since 1990, the Royal Australian Navy has conducted maritime security operations in the Middle East region (MER), which remains strategically important to Australia's economic and trade interests.

Ship Rotation No Year Operation
HMAS Success (II) 59 2015 Operation MANITOU
HMAS Success (II) 3 1990/1991 Operation DAMASK