HMAS Success is launched from Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, on 3 March 1984 in front of a huge attending crowd.
The HMAS Success is an auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel, based on the French 'Durance’ class. It was the last ship to be built by Vickers Cockatoo Dockyard Pty Ltd on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, before the dockyard closed in 1992. The ship was launched on 3 March 1984 by Her Excellency Lady Valerie Stephen, wife of the Governor General, Sir Ninian Stephen.
The occasion was extremely popular, and in front of the huge crowd Lady Stephen blessed and named the ship, then demonstrated why history has chosen women to sponsor new vessels. The RAN Band put on a polished performance for the launch. It was one of a series of high profile public events featuring the Navy during the 1980s. Two years later, in 1986, the RAN celebrated its 75th Anniversary, then in 1988 the historic Bicentennial Naval Salute was staged.