Topic: Operation MANITOU

HMAS Melbourne commences operational assignment

Published on by LCDR Julian Brett (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Melbourne Commander Bill Waters CSC, RAN welcomes aboard Combined Commander Task Force 150  Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas SI(M) of the Pakistan Navy. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Commanding Officer HMAS Melbourne Commander Bill Waters CSC, RAN welcomes aboard Combined Commander Task Force 150 Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas SI(M) of the Pakistan Navy.

HMAS Melbourne is hard at work on her first Operation MANITOU patrol of her current deployment with the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East and northern Indian Ocean.

Parliamentartian visits HMAS Newcastle on deployment

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Dominic MacNamara, presents a ship's cap to The Honourable Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, onboard HMAS Newcastle as the ship and crew conduct a port visit to Muscat, Oman, during Operation MANITOU. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Dominic MacNamara, presents a ship's cap to The Honourable Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, onboard HMAS Newcastle as the ship and crew conduct a port visit to Muscat, Oman, during Operation MANITOU.

A port visit in Oman in early September has proved the perfect conclusion HMAS Newcastle’s fifth and final patrol for Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region. 

HMAS Newcastle heads home after Middle East success

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle carries out a break-away from the French Replenishment Ship, FS Var, after conducting RASAPS (Replenishment at Sea Approach's) in which to hone their joint mariner skills as both ships carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

HMAS Newcastle carries out a break-away from the French Replenishment Ship, FS Var, after conducting RASAPS (Replenishment at Sea Approach's) in which to hone their joint mariner skills as both ships carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Newcastle is heading home to Sydney after a highly successful deployment to the Middle East Region, where she seized the second-biggest illegal drug haul in Combined Maritime Forces history.

HMAS Newcastle – One Ship, One Culture, One Family

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Vaughn Heath (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Indigenous members of HMAS Newcastle ship’s company proudly show off the evening meal that they helped to create in the galley onboard HMAS Newcastle prior to serving to their ship mates for NAIDOC week at sea.
From left; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Desmond Taylor, ABBM Kaleb Cohen, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Khory Beezely, ABBM Alan Patterson and ABBM Kyh Mye.
 (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Indigenous members of HMAS Newcastle ship’s company proudly show off the evening meal that they helped to create in the galley onboard HMAS Newcastle prior to serving to their ship mates for NAIDOC week at sea. From left; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Desmond Taylor, ABBM Kaleb Cohen, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Khory Beezely, ABBM Alan Patterson and ABBM Kyh Mye.

As HMAS Newcastle patrolled the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU, the sound of the didgeridoo and singing from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ quartet rang out from the galley.

Drugs seized top $2.3 billion in two years

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

138 kgs of heroin, worth an estimated street value of around $108 million, siezed on 03 July 2014 by HMAS Newcastle off the East coast of Africa.
 (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

138 kgs of heroin, worth an estimated street value of around $108 million, siezed on 03 July 2014 by HMAS Newcastle off the East coast of Africa.

In its sixth successful haul in eight weeks, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle has seized 139kg of heroin, with an estimated street value of around $AUD 41 million, off the East coast of Africa.

Newcastle replenishes with French

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dylan Pearse (author)

The distance line is hauled in onboard HMAS Newcastle from the French Replenishment Ship, FS Var, as both ships conduct a RAS(L) (Replenishment at Sea-Liquids). HMAS Newcastle is tasked to carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialis)

The distance line is hauled in onboard HMAS Newcastle from the French Replenishment Ship, FS Var, as both ships conduct a RAS(L) (Replenishment at Sea-Liquids). HMAS Newcastle is tasked to carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Newcastle counter narcotics opertations in the Middle East are part of the Combined Maritime Forces in the region, supported by many nations.

HMAS Newcastle seizes more than $1 billion in narcotics

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's boarding party prepapre to board and search a dhow on 19 June 2015, which revelaed 581 Kgs of hidden illegal narcotics. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's boarding party prepapre to board and search a dhow on 19 June 2015, which revelaed 581 Kgs of hidden illegal narcotics.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle patrolling with the Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East Region has seized another 581kg of illegal narcotics with an estimated street value of approximately $520 million.

HMAS Newcastle and HMNZS Te Kaha seize over $800 million in narcotics

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Members of HMAS Newcastle's ships company carry out the destruction of seized narcotics on the flight deck as the ship and crew carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU.
 (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ships company carry out the destruction of seized narcotics on the flight deck as the ship and crew carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU.

Maritime security operations by Australian and New Zealand frigates operating in the Middle East region during the past six weeks have seized almost a tonne of narcotics worth an estimated street value of $811 million.

Seychelles stopover for Success

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthea Baczkowski (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Success, Captain Justin Jones, RAN, salutes as the Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Susan Coles crosses the gangway during a short visit while HMAS Success is in the Seychelles on her return trip to Australia after serving in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Commanding Officer HMAS Success, Captain Justin Jones, RAN, salutes as the Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Susan Coles crosses the gangway during a short visit while HMAS Success is in the Seychelles on her return trip to Australia after serving in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Success is homeward bound after a six month deployment in the Middle East undertaking duties as part of Operation MANITOU.

NATO operation supported by 'Odin'

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthea Baczkowski (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Navy Seahawk

Navy Seahawk "Odin" onboard HMAS Success prepares to conduct night flying operations while in the Middle East Region working under NATO Operation Ocean Shield.

Scouring the high seas from the air for signs of pirate activity would seem like a dream to most adventurers.