Topic: Operation MANITOU
HMAS Newcastle and her ship’s company of 230 have departed Garden Island, Sydney en route for her sixth deployment to the Middle East region.
Coalition forces and government agencies know terrorist organisations use illegal narcotics as one of their primary sources of income to fund criminal activities, so the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is important to mark.
While she may be the last Australian guided missile frigate to deploy to Operation MANITOU, HMAS Newcastle is the first to deploy on operations with an MH60R helicopter and a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System.
HMAS Arunta has completed a third significant narcotics interdiction after seizing 260 kilograms of heroin in the north Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa as part of Operation MANITOU.
The 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List named three leaders from the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin recognised for their service in the ship’s recent deployment to the Middle East.