Topic: Operation MANITOU

Toowoomba departs for sixth Middle East deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Family members watch on as HMAS Toowoomba departs Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Family members watch on as HMAS Toowoomba departs Fleet Base West, WA.

The Anzac Class frigate HMAS Toowoomba has departed her homeport of Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia for a six-month deployment to the Middle East.

A heroes’ welcome for HMAS Ballarat

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Families and friends welcome home HMAS Ballarat to Fleet Base West, Western Australia after a nine-month deployment on Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Families and friends welcome home HMAS Ballarat to Fleet Base West, Western Australia after a nine-month deployment on Operation MANITOU.

The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has been enthusiastically welcomed home to Australia following a highly successful nine-month deployment as part of Operation MANITOU.

Albury sailor returns from drug-busting deployment

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Lee in the engine room on board HMAS Ballarat. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Lee in the engine room on board HMAS Ballarat.

While working as a supermarket manager in Albury, New South Wales, Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Lee wanted something more.

From the Glasshouse Mountains to the Middle East

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn and FLTLT Dion Isaacson (author)

LSPTI Jacob Machen on board HMAS Ballarat. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

LSPTI Jacob Machen on board HMAS Ballarat.

Leading Seaman Jacob Machen was always active growing up in the Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland - his weekends were full of sports.

Four successful drug interdictions by HMAS Ballarat

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Justin Springer, left, and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Daniel Colliver remove sacks containing suspected narcotics during a search of a suspicious dhow by HMAS Ballarat's boarding party. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Justin Springer, left, and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Daniel Colliver remove sacks containing suspected narcotics during a search of a suspicious dhow by HMAS Ballarat's boarding party.

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized another four illicit drug shipments in three days while deployed to the Middle East region.

HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the MER

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party closes on a suspicious dhow for a boarding which resulted in the seizure of approximately two and a half tonnes of illicit drugs. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party closes on a suspicious dhow for a boarding which resulted in the seizure of approximately two and a half tonnes of illicit drugs.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

More illegal drugs seized by HMAS Ballarat

Published on by By Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a dhow suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics in the Arabian Sea.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a dhow suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics in the Arabian Sea.

Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized two tonnes of hashish worth approximately $100 million in street value during a boarding operation in the Middle East Region.


RAN seizes illegal drug shipments in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Aaron Wheeler pulls out a sack containing suspected illegal narcotics from the hold in a suspicious dhow. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Aaron Wheeler pulls out a sack containing suspected illegal narcotics from the hold in a suspicious dhow.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 2.1 tonnes of hashish and 345 kilograms of heroin in two boarding operations in the Arabian Sea.

Ballarat Boarding Officer confident of a successful deployment

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat Boarding Officer Lieutenant Samuel Hicks, onboard HMAS Ballarat during Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat Boarding Officer Lieutenant Samuel Hicks, onboard HMAS Ballarat during Operation MANITOU.

Boardings at sea are key to Australian warships achieving counter-piracy, counter terrorism and counter-narcotics missions.

HMAS Ballarat seizes 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.