Middle East mission for HMAS Newcastle

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney

Topic(s): Operation MANITOU, HMAS Newcastle (F06), Counter-piracy, Counter-terrorism, Deployment

Ship's company line the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle on departure for Operation Manitou in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Ship's company line the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle on departure for Operation Manitou in the Middle East region.

HMAS Newcastle and her ship’s company of 230 have departed Garden Island, Sydney en route for her sixth deployment to the Middle East region.
Family and friends joined the Acting Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Luke Charles-Jones, on the wharf to bid the crew fair winds and following seas as they deployed for six months on Operation MANITOU.
Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Mark Sirois, said the ship’s company had worked hard to prepare to undertake maritime security operations.
“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.
“We have spent months preparing for today and look forward to making a contribution to global security,” Commander Sirois said.
Commodore Charles-Jones said Newcastle would continue Australia’s commitment to security and stability in the Middle East region.
“Australia has been a long time contributor in the Middle East,” Commodore Charles-Jones said.
“This is the 65th time that the Royal Australian Navy has provided a ship to the region since 1990 and we remain committed to ensuring safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce.”
Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Isaac Janes said the farewell to his family was also the start of an important mission.
“It was bittersweet saying goodbye to Caitlyn and my boys, but they’re used to me going away. Caitlyn is an awesome mother so she has everything prepared for me being away for six months,” he said.
“I’m ready to get up there and do what I’m trained to do.”
This rotation is the last time an Adelaide class guided missile frigate will deploy for the Australian Navy as this class of ships are being progressively retired from service. Newcastle will relieve Anzac class frigate, HMAS Arunta, which has been on patrol in the Middle East for close to nine months.
Operation Manitou is Australia’s contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East region.
Newcastle leaves her home-port of Sydney to participate in exercises off the Western Australian coast before she sails north.