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3 May 2017

Ships in the bay

HMAS Success (OR 304)

Anyone near the waters edge this morning would have heard 4 loud distinctive horn blasts coming from across the bay.  This would have drawn your attention to the barely decernable  shape of a large ship against the dark shoreline on the eastern side of the bay. This was the HMAS Success.  There are two ships in the bay at the moment, the other being a  spanish ship which I don't have any details for.  Being so far away in the dim light made taking a decent photograph difficult.. 
HMAS Success (OR 304) is a Durance-class multi-product replenishment oiler serving in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard in Sydney, Australia, during the 1980s, 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 Organisation standards.

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