Deployed sailors get top level support

Published on Department of Defence (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Topic(s): Operation MANITOU, HMAS Arunta (F151)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN chats with Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Lauren Hansford, during his visit to Australia's main operating base, Camp Baird, in the Middle East region. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN chats with Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Lauren Hansford, during his visit to Australia's main operating base, Camp Baird, in the Middle East region.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight, passed through Camp Baird in late December as part of their visit to the Middle East region and HMAS Arunta deployed to Operation MANITOU.

At Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, the pair spent time undertaking briefings with personnel from all three services.

Vice Admiral Barrett said it was important to visit Australian Defence Force personnel at Camp Baird but in particular the Navy contingent on deployment.

“It was great to see firstly the amount of Navy members embedded in the organisation here; to see the variety of roles they perform and to hear from their peers on how well they were performing, alongside their contemporaries from Army and Air Force,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

“My time spent here was to make sure they know that we know that they are working hard on deployment, while others were home for Christmas.”

During the three-day visit Vice Admiral Barrett and Warrant Officer of the Navy Wight visited Arunta alongside in Bahrain, Australia’s Maritime Operations Support Group and the Combined Maritime Force’s Combined Task Force 150, presently commanded by the Royal Canadian Navy with eight Royal Australian Navy personnel attached to the force.

The visit concluded with a BBQ ‘ashore’ with all Camp Baird Navy personnel in attendance.