Topic: Operation MANITOU
HMAS Newcastle has completed a five-day port visit alongside Aqaba, Jordan, after her second counter terrorism patrol of Middle Eastern waters.
Father of four, Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Kypreos, had to settle for a long-distance Father’s Day this year, as he’s on operational service in the Middle East, serving in HMAS Newcastle.
Thousands of defence personnel from across the world are working to stop piracy and illegal drug trafficking in the Middle East region – among those is Commander Ted Cummins.
Forty years ago, a seaman was pushing aircraft around a flight deck as a 17-year-old, and the idea of one day becoming a Commander within Aviation seemed like an impossible dream.
While the bulk of the Australian Navy presence in the Middle East region is patrolling the region’s waters in the frigate, HMAS Newcastle, one Petty Officer’s job is to keep the communications links on point from ashore in United States Navy headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.