Topic: Operation MANITOU
Excited friends and family of the 191 men and women onboard HMAS Perth waved from the wharf as the frigate pulled alongside after six months away from home undertaking patrols of thr Middle East as part of Operation MANITOU.
A group of Navy personnel have acclimatised after completing their staff integration and mission validation in Halifax for the forthcoming rotation with the Canadian led Combined Task Force 150 in the Middle East.
A medic is an essential sailor on a Navy ship heading out on an operational deployment. There is no floating hospital in the middle of an ocean to assist sailors, nor is there an ambulance. There is only a helicopter to take people back to land.
There was a sombre tone at HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia, as the 191 men and women serving in HMAS Arunta said goodbye to loved ones and joined the frigate to depart for close to nine months in the Middle East.
Creating one of the most unusual sights of her deployment, HMAS Perth's 5-inch gun, harpoon anti-ship missile launchers and forecastle were all draped in hand-made quilts while alongside in Muscat, Oman recently.
Arunta’s Assistant Marine Engineer Officer, Lieutenant Coral Belcher, is putting seven years of study to work in the Anzac frigate, as part of the team deployed in the Middle East.
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Andrew Dingle is realising his career aspirations onboard HMAS Arunta as part of the Royal Australian Navy team sailing to the Middle East.
HMAS Perth’s Operations Officer, Principal Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Commander Oliver (Olly) Nokes has been commended by Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Vice Marshall Tim Innes during the ship’s final hours alongside in Muscat, Oman.
HMAS Perth is conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Indian Ocean region, under the command of Combined Task Force 150.
Able Seaman Mitchell Rodway is a member of the ship's company of HMAS Perth who, like the ship, is on his first operational deployment to the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU.