HMAS Newcastle and her ship’s company of 230 have departed Garden Island, Sydney en route for her sixth deployment to the Middle East region.
While she may be the last Australian guided missile frigate to deploy to Operation MANITOU, HMAS Newcastle is the first to deploy on operations with an MH60R helicopter and a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System.
HMAS Arunta has completed a third significant narcotics interdiction after seizing 260 kilograms of heroin in the north Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa as part of Operation MANITOU.
En route to the Middle East as part of the latest Royal Australian Navy crew to deploy for Operation MANITOU is one officer who feels very at home on his hometown’s namesake ship.
The 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List named three leaders from the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin recognised for their service in the ship’s recent deployment to the Middle East.