HMAS Newcastle was farewelled from Garden Island, Sydney on 1 April, setting course for the Middle East Region where she will spend six months deployed as part of Operation MANITOU.
Ms Fiona Scott, MP, representing the Minister for Defence and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, joined family and friends on the wharf to farewell the Adelaide class frigate.
Commanding Officer Newcastle Commander Dominic MacNamara said his specific ship had contributed significantly to security in the region.
“Royal Australian Navy ships have been continuously deployed to the Middle East since the start of the first Gulf War in 1990.
"Our departure is the start of the 60th rotation and marks the fifth time this ship has deployed,” Commander MacNamara said.
“While global security continues to evolve, what hasn’t altered is the importance of our mission in contributing to maritime security.”
“Operating as part of the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces we will support efforts to counter and deter terrorism and the trade of narcotics on the seas,” Commander MacNamara said.
“We have worked hard to prepare for this mission and will make our friends, family and nation proud.”
Newcastle deployed with a ship’s company of 230. The warship will replace HMAS Success as the Royal Australian Navy's ship working as part of the Combined Maritime Forces. HMAS Success deployed shortly before Christmas 2014 and has been providing maritime support, and replenishment to Combined Maritime Forces units.
Operation MANITOU is the maritime security operation in the Middle East region, and is Australia’s contribution to counter terrorism, counter piracy, narcotics interdiction and improves overall stability to that region, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
Information about Newcastle is available at: http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-newcastle
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