Arunta assists Tanzanian crime-fighters

Published on LEUT Will Ross (author), LEUT Dee Garbutt (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Topic(s): Training, Operation MANITOU, HMAS Arunta (F151), Drug interdiction, Counter-piracy, Counter-terrorism, Deployment

HMAS Arunta's Boatswains Mates train Tanzanian Transnational Organised Crime Unit personnel in small boat approaches in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)
HMAS Arunta's Boatswains Mates train Tanzanian Transnational Organised Crime Unit personnel in small boat approaches in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Tanzanian counter-narcotics professionals have sharpened their crime-fighting sea skills thanks to a visit by the crew from Australian frigate, HMAS Arunta.

The Australian team hosted six officers from the maritime detachment of the Tanzanian Transnational Organised Crime Unit in late June, conducting maritime capacity building training evolutions while the ship was alongside in Dar Es Salaam.
Tanzania is a partner nation to Combined Task Force 150, the multinational counter-terrorism and maritime security task force serving under the Combined Maritime Forces.
Combined Task Force 150 is at the forefront of countering narcotics smuggling in the Middle East – East Africa region, and Arunta was in the region as part of her recent operational deployment.
The Organised Crime Unit was set up with support from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the British National Crime Agency to enhance international and cross-border cooperation in countering illicit trafficking and other forms of organised crime in Africa.
A range of Arunta’s subject matter experts were involved in providing small boat and boarding operations related training for personnel.
Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Keith Watson was joined by New Zealand Navy Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Dillon Dolman-Tuhou and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matt Parry to teach a number of different boat handling skills.
“The Tanzanians quickly grasped the training provided and were soon conducting manoeuvres and alongside approaches with ease,” Chief Petty Officer Watson said.
“The training included boat handling and maintenance, navigation skills and first aid.”
Leading Seaman Marine Technician Aaron Jones and Able Seaman Marine Technician Raymond Pezzutti continued the training and provided instruction on basic outboard motor maintenance and troubleshooting, marine battery care, hull repair and fire fighting equipment.
“Many of the Tanzanians had not operated outboard motors previously so the instruction let them walk away with a good grasp on how to care for their equipment when out on operations,” Chief Petty Officer Watson said.
“This potentially eliminates the need to return to port in the event of a problem.”
Navigation instruction was also provided by Arunta’s Navigating Officer Lieutenant Stuart McPherson and Chief Petty Officer Watson.
They also conducted first aid training delivered by the ship’s Medical Officer, Lieutenant Rhiannon Laird, Petty Officer Medic Corina Burrows and Able Seaman Medic Brad Scotton.
The final round of training was completed back on the harbour with more boat handling and practical navigation training to consolidate skills.
“Overall the training was very successful and enjoyable for all involved,” Chief Petty Officer Watson said.
“It provided the ability to share experiences and develop the skills necessary to develop an incredibly powerful instrument in the fight against narcotics trafficking off the coast of East Africa.”