The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) combat logistics vessel, HMAS Success, has returned from the Middle East after successfully completing an Operation Manitou mission.
The warship was deployed on a six-month maritime counter-terrorism, counter-piracy, and maritime support operations.
Defence parliamentary secretary Darren Chester said: "Assigned to execute maritime counter terrorism and counter piracy, [the vessel] also provided, often simultaneously, logistic support to all coalition naval forces in the Middle East region.
"By patrolling known smuggling routes, conducting boarding and presence operations, [the vessel] deterred and disrupted the efforts of terrorist organisations and insurgent forces that are funded by the smuggling of narcotics and other substances."
During the operation, HMS Success carried out 37 boardings, and was the first RAN warship to be force assigned to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation operation and the first Australian ship to integrate into a French carrier battle group.
Success commanding officer Captain Justin Jones said that the ship delivered a flexible capability to Combined Maritime Forces, based in Bahrain.
"Our embarked Seahawk helicopter conducted 103 surface searches, covering more than 800,000nmi².
"We conducted 28 replenishments-at-sea, day and night, to ships from 10 different nations, including an emergency dash to southern Somalia to replenish a small task force of US ships whose tanker had become unserviceable."
HMAS Success represents the 59th rotation of a RAN warship to deploy in the Middle East since the first Gulf War in 1990.
Currently, HMAS Newcastle is deployed to the operation, replacing HMAS Success.
Image: HMAS Success sails towards Sydney Harbour as she returns from the Middle East. Photo: courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.