While on a goodwill visit to Wellington, New Zealand, the HMAS SUCCESS, (tanker), had graffiti spray painted on her hull. The slogan “J. Howard US bootlicker” was spray painted in metre high green fluorescent letters on the ship’s side in a pre dawn raid by two political activists, from a group known as “Ethical Foreign Policy is Possible”. The graffiti referred to the Australian Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, and Australia’s strong support for US actions in the Persian Gulf and Iraq in 2003-04. Sailors from SUCCESS removed the graffiti and the ship sailed later that day bound for Auckland.
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