Topic: Operation MANITOU

Change of command at Command Task Force 150

Published on by Defence (author), Corporal Mark Doran (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore Jaimie Hatcher, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), congratulates Pakistan Navy officer Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas on a job well done during the CTF 150 Change of Command ceremony at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore Jaimie Hatcher, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), congratulates Pakistan Navy officer Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas on a job well done during the CTF 150 Change of Command ceremony at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

Australia has assumed command of  Command Task Force 150 as part of Operation MANITOU in the Middle East.

HMAS Darwin arrives in Thailand

Published on by LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), AB Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Thai Navy Captain Captain Chaloemporn (left)welcomed Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, to the port of Sattahip, Thailand. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Thai Navy Captain Captain Chaloemporn (left)welcomed Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, to the port of Sattahip, Thailand.

HMAS Darwin berthed at Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand recently, to a friendly and musical welcome from her Thai Navy counterparts.

Million miles for Darwin

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Youngest member of HMAS Darin's ship's company, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef John King, and Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, celebrated HMAS Darwin's one million miles steamed by cutting a cake in the Port of Darwin. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Youngest member of HMAS Darin's ship's company, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef John King, and Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, celebrated HMAS Darwin's one million miles steamed by cutting a cake in the Port of Darwin.

HMAS Darwin celebrated a significant milestone this week, notching up her one millionth nautical mile the same day as she sailed into her namesake city.

Darwin exercises with Chinese Navy off Queensland

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(Front) HMAS Darwin, PLA-N Yiyang and  PLA-N Jinan transit through waters off the Brisbane coast.  (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

(Front) HMAS Darwin, PLA-N Yiyang and PLA-N Jinan transit through waters off the Brisbane coast.

HMAS Darwin has conducted a passage exercise with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) Escort Task Group 152 off the coast of Queensland.

Christmas on the Middle East 'battle watch'

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Gemma Casserly is deployed as a Battlewatch Captain with Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain for Operation MANITOU.  (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Gemma Casserly is deployed as a Battlewatch Captain with Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain for Operation MANITOU.

Forster's Gemma Casserly had to keep her Christmas cheer to the side in December, to focus on preventing maritime drug smugglers in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU.

Maritime security mission for Petty Officer

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer (PO) Marine Logistics - Personnel Shayne Firth Is deployed with Combined Task Force 150 at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain for Operation MANITOU. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer (PO) Marine Logistics - Personnel Shayne Firth Is deployed with Combined Task Force 150 at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain for Operation MANITOU.

Cairns resident Petty Officer Marine Logistics - Personnel Operations Shayne Firth is doing his bit in the ongoing fight to stop illegal drugs funding terrorism and reaching Australian shores.

Australian Navy keeps the helm

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Royal Australian Navy officer Captain Tony Aldred, Director Operations Combined Maritime Forces and Commander Maritime Operations Support Group, is seen at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Captain Tony Aldred, Director Operations Combined Maritime Forces and Commander Maritime Operations Support Group, is seen at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

Australian leadership in a key Middle East role has been passed between two Royal Australian Navy officers who share a passion for maritime security operations.

Breaking with family tradition pays off at sea

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Ci-Anna Smith stands before HMAS Melbourne's 76mm Naval Gun. The ship is patrolling in the Middle East region for Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Ci-Anna Smith stands before HMAS Melbourne's 76mm Naval Gun. The ship is patrolling in the Middle East region for Operation Manitou.

A Hobart local up-gunned her working life when she decided to trade retail work for seaborne artillery.

Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Ci-Anna Smith is deployed with Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling the waters of the Middle East as part of Operation MANITOU, Australia’s contribution to the Combined Maritime Forces in the region.

Darwin departs for Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

Family and friends wave goodbye as HMAS Darwin pulls away from the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

Family and friends wave goodbye as HMAS Darwin pulls away from the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney.

It was a perfect Sydney day on 30 December as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, friends and family at Garden Island, to farewell HMAS Darwin as the ship sailed for the Middle East region.

Melbourne's fourth drug haul

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Over 118 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD $114 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne in the Indian Ocean. After being seized the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Over 118 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD $114 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne in the Indian Ocean. After being seized the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.

HMAS Melbourne personnel have completed a fourth successful drug seizure after seizing more than 100 kilograms of heroin from a fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean.