Topic: Operation MANITOU

Operational ‘old hand’ keeps comms on point

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Christopher Soles on the starboard waist of HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Christopher Soles on the starboard waist of HMAS Newcastle.

Life as a communication sailor in the Navy brings a world of possibilities, as Leading Seaman Chris Soles has discovered.

Operational overwatch complete for Aircrewman

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Leading Seaman Aircrew Karl Beyer is seen in HMAS Arunta's Helecopter (Predator) while on patrol in the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Leading Seaman Aircrew Karl Beyer is seen in HMAS Arunta's Helecopter (Predator) while on patrol in the Middle East Region.

Navy’s S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters have had a long history of supporting naval operations, and ‘Predator’ and its crew have not let that heritage down.

Small arms maintenance monitored

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Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Isaac Janes on the gun direction platform of HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Isaac Janes on the gun direction platform of HMAS Newcastle.

Patrolling the high seas in a warship thousands of kilometres from home is the new reality for Leading Seaman Boastwains Mate Isaac Janes, who sailed for the Middle East region recently.

Crew cuts for cancer

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HMAS Newcastle's engineering department shave their heads to raise funds as part of the World's Greatest Shave. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

HMAS Newcastle's engineering department shave their heads to raise funds as part of the World's Greatest Shave.

It wasn’t your regular barber salon onboard HMAS Newcastle when Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician McCann piped the call to the ship’s company to get their hair cut.

Middle East mission for HMAS Newcastle

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Ship's company line the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle on departure for Operation Manitou in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Ship's company line the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle on departure for Operation Manitou in the Middle East region.

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.

UN anti-drug day marked on ops

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HMAS Arunta's sailors weigh illegal narcotics seized during their operation Manitou patrol in the Middle East region on 8 June 2017. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Arunta's sailors weigh illegal narcotics seized during their operation Manitou patrol in the Middle East region on 8 June 2017.

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.

Newcastle ready to launch

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ScanEagle is launched from the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

ScanEagle is launched from the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

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 MH-60R helicopter and a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System.

Arunta proves her worth in Middle East

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HMAS Arunta personnel prepare to destroy illegal narcotics seized on 8 June 2017 while the ship was on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Arunta personnel prepare to destroy illegal narcotics seized on 8 June 2017 while the ship was on patrol in the Middle East region.

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.

Hawks and eagles fly together

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Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Ian Homes, RAN, in the port hanger of HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Ian Homes, RAN, in the port hanger of HMAS Newcastle.

En route to the Middle East as part of the latest Royal Australian Navy crew to deploy for Operation MANITOU is one officer who feels very at home on his hometown’s namesake ship.

Darwin leaders honoured

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Commanding Officer, HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, pictured on the forecastle during passage to Auckland, New Zealand for the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th Anniversary International Naval Review. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Commanding Officer, HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, pictured on the forecastle during passage to Auckland, New Zealand for the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th Anniversary International Naval Review.

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.