Topic: Operation MANITOU
Lieutenant Patrick Velu is relishing being part of Navy’s team in the Middle East – putting training into action as an officer-of-the-watch in HMAS Arunta.
Townsville’s Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Toby Pink has spent Anzac Day on operations this year as a member of HMAS Arunta’s ship’s company during her maritime security deployment to the Middle East.
HMAS Arunta has continued her tradition of successful deployments to the Middle East by seizing more than 800kg of hashish during maritime security operations.
Getting the best out of working with metals needed a new perspective when a professional tradesman swapped his tools for the controls of a Navy helicopter.
Less than six months out of basic training, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Jasmine Lortan is already on the front line of a multi-national operation to counter terrorism and promote maritime security in the Middle East.
The ship's company of HMAS Arunta has restored national sporting pride with a commanding victory over England in an epic battle in Karachi to reclaim the 'Ashes'.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight, passed through Camp Baird in late December as part of their visit to the Middle East region and HMAS Arunta deployed to Operation MANITOU.
Formerly a store manager of a fast food restaurant, 29-year old Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Robert Griffiths is well versed in community relations.
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small is a long way from the small banana farm he grew up on in Wamuran, Queensland.
Part of Australia's team in the Middle East region, contributing to counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction operations, is a sailor more familiar with patrol boats than frigates.