Topic: Operation MANITOU

Providing maritime support in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by MAJ Bradley Richardson (author)

Commander Michael O'Driscoll, Commander Combined Task Force 53 (CTF53), left, and Captain Michael Manfield, RAN, Commander Maritime Task Group - Middle East Region present each other with gifts to acknowledge the efforts of CTF53 and HMAS Toowoomba in the Middle East region. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Commander Michael O'Driscoll, Commander Combined Task Force 53 (CTF53), left, and Captain Michael Manfield, RAN, Commander Maritime Task Group - Middle East Region present each other with gifts to acknowledge the efforts of CTF53 and HMAS Toowoomba in the Middle East region.

Supporting the coalition maritime effort in the Middle East is a small team of nearly 20 Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians, embedded across three multi-national operational forces based at the naval support activity, Bahrain.

Frigate returns after six month operational deployment

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba returns to Fleet Base West in Western Australia after a six month Operation MANITOU deployment in the Middle East Region. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

HMAS Toowoomba returns to Fleet Base West in Western Australia after a six month Operation MANITOU deployment in the Middle East Region.

HMAS Toowoomba has returned to her home port at Fleet Base West, Western Australia, following a successful deployment on Operation MANITOU.

Toowoomba steadfast at sea throughout operational deployment

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LCDR Jason Grivas (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba patrols the Southern Arabian Gulf in support of the International Maritime Security Construct as part of her six month deployment to the Middle East. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba patrols the Southern Arabian Gulf in support of the International Maritime Security Construct as part of her six month deployment to the Middle East.

For the past six months, HMAS Toowoomba has been in the Middle East on Operation MANITOU supporting the International Maritime Security Construct to maintain freedom of navigation, international law and free flow of commerce.

HMAS Toowoomba departs Middle East after successful mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by MAJ Brad Richardson (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba patrols the Southern Arabian Gulf in support of the International Maritime Security Construct as part of her six month deployment to the Middle East. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba patrols the Southern Arabian Gulf in support of the International Maritime Security Construct as part of her six month deployment to the Middle East.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba is returning home to Australia after completing a six-month deployment to the Middle East.

HMAS Toowoomba proves interoperability in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by POA Sean Byrne (author and photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba's embarked MH60-R helicopter 'Nightmare' lands on the ship's flight deck after conducting a patrol in the Straits of Hormuz as part of the International Maritime Security Construct. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba's embarked MH60-R helicopter 'Nightmare' lands on the ship's flight deck after conducting a patrol in the Straits of Hormuz as part of the International Maritime Security Construct.

HMAS Toowoomba’s embarked MH-60R Seahawk ‘Nightmare’ is a valuable contribution to the International Maritime Security Construct in the Middle East that includes Albania, Bahrain, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA.

Fleet Cyber Unit deploys in support of Op MANITOU

Published on by LCDR Simon Kelly (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Networks Jackson Cronin explains the results of a test to Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Brittany Ely while onboard HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Networks Jackson Cronin explains the results of a test to Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Brittany Ely while onboard HMAS Toowoomba.

Defending HMAS Toowoomba and deployed for the first time on operations in the Middle East is an element of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Cyber Unit - working across multiple systems and defending networks against cyber attack.

Fearless mums make a difference in Toowoomba

Published on by LCDR Jason Grivas (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba's three mums on the forecastle while the ship is berthed at Bahrain, from left, Chaplain Kate Lord, Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Deborah Schluter and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kiralee Ekin. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba's three mums on the forecastle while the ship is berthed at Bahrain, from left, Chaplain Kate Lord, Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Deborah Schluter and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kiralee Ekin.

As the majority of ship’s company in HMAS Toowoomba woke up to call their mums and partners to wish them a happy Mothers’ Day, the shoe was on the other foot for some women serving aboard Toowoomba in the Middle East.

Navy ‘supplies’ a fulfilling career

Published on by LSIS Craig Walton (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Brodie Blaik keeps the store room in order onboard HMAS Toowoomba while the ship is on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Brodie Blaik keeps the store room in order onboard HMAS Toowoomba while the ship is on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.

A rewarding career that provides both job security and an opportunity to travel the world caught the eye of 20-year-old Adelaide local Brodie Blaik.

From Katanning to the Middle East

Published on by MAJ Bradley Richardson (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Benjamin Jenkins checks stock levels in the store room onboard HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Benjamin Jenkins checks stock levels in the store room onboard HMAS Toowoomba.

From the small town of Katanning in Western Australia to interdicting illegal drugs on board HMAS Toowoomba in the Arabian Sea, there is no challenge too big or small for 26 year old local Benjamin Jenkins.

Third time around the buoy

Published on by FLTLT Chloe Stevenson (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Lieutenant Stuart Francis keeps an eye on the tactical picture in the operations room onboard HMAS Toowoomba as the ship patrols the Gulf of Oman in support of the International Maritime Security Construct. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Lieutenant Stuart Francis keeps an eye on the tactical picture in the operations room onboard HMAS Toowoomba as the ship patrols the Gulf of Oman in support of the International Maritime Security Construct.

Adelaide’s Stuart Francis grew up hearing about adventures on the high seas from his father, grandfather and uncles. Now he is creating his own experiences.