Toowoomba provides overwatch in Strait of Hormuz

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Jason Grivas (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Topic(s): Operation MANITOU, HMAS Toowoomba (F156)

HMAS Toowoomba maintains a watch on shipping traffic in the Gulf of Oman as part of the International Maritime Security Construct. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
HMAS Toowoomba maintains a watch on shipping traffic in the Gulf of Oman as part of the International Maritime Security Construct.

HMAS Toowoomba has completed the first patrol of her six month deployment to the Middle East on Operation MANITOU.

Toowoomba was assigned to the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) in support of international efforts to maintain freedom of navigation, international law, and the free flow of commerce in the Middle East region (MER).

Commanding Officer, Commander Mitchell Livingstone said that Toowoomba was the first Australian warship to join the IMSC.

“We were tasked to conduct Operation SENTINEL duties that promoted the safe passage of commercial shipping through the Strait of Hormuz.

“The ship split the patrol between the Southern Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and provided an overt presence and overwatch in the approaches to the Strait of Hormuz,” Commander Livingstone said.

Over a two week period, Toowoomba provided overwatch for more than 35 IMSC supported vessels and flew more than 25 sorties with her embarked MH-60R maritime helicopter providing surveillance and security for merchant shipping passing through the area. 

During the patrol Toowoomba conducted a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with the US Navy’s USNS Supply, to top up fuel supplies.

“USNS Supply is the largest oiler Toowoomba has ever replenished with her bulk and scale approximately four times that of Toowoomba, yielding an impressive sight for our crew,” Commander Livingstone said.

HMAS Toowoomba in the Gulf of Oman as part of the International Maritime Security Construct.

HMAS Toowoomba in the Gulf of Oman as part of the International Maritime Security Construct.