Commanders meet onboard HMAS Newcastle

This article has photo gallery Published on CHAP Andrew Watters (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Commander Combined Task Force 151 Rear Admiral Hiroshi Ito, from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), is welcomed onboard HMAS Newcastle for a visit hosted by Commander Joint Task Force 633 Rear Admiral Trevor Jones and Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle Commander Dominic MacNamara. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)
Commander Combined Task Force 151 Rear Admiral Hiroshi Ito, from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), is welcomed onboard HMAS Newcastle for a visit hosted by Commander Joint Task Force 633 Rear Admiral Trevor Jones and Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle Commander Dominic MacNamara.

The first Japanese Naval Commander of a multi-national task force has met with Australia’s Middle East Commander, Rear Admiral Trevor Jones, onboard HMAS Newcastle as part of Operation MANITOU.

While alongside for maintenance in the Middle East, Newcastle hosted a meeting between Japanese Rear Admiral Horishi Ito, Commander Combined Task Force 151, and Rear Admiral Trevor Jones, Commander Joint Task Force 633.

The two commanders discussed current and future roles for Japanese forces, Australia’s regional command structure and future liaisons in the region.

Commanding Officer Newcastle, Commander Dominic MacNamara, said it was an honour to host a historic meeting between the two Task Force Commanders.

“We were pleased to facilitate the strengthening of the bonds of friendship and mutual co-operation which exist between our two countries,” he said.

“It was also a real joy to welcome Rear Admiral Jones, one of my predecessors in command, back to HMAS Newcastle.”

The two Admirals enjoyed a lunch of contemporary Australian cuisine prepared by Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Nick Collins that included spanner crab bruschetta and aged beef fillet steak.

“I wanted to give Rear Admiral Ito an experience of modern Australian food,” Leading Seaman Collins said.

“I went for a menu with a mix of seafood and meat, topped off with one of my special desserts.

“He certainly went away well-fed and appreciating what good Aussie food tastes like.”

Rear Admiral Ito’s visit ended with a tour of Newcastle’s bridge and Operations Room.

This allowed him to become familiar with the ship and understand her various capabilities.

Commander Combined Task Force 151 aims to disrupt piracy and prevent armed robbery at sea to protect global maritime commerce and secure freedom of navigation.

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