Topic: Operation SLIPPER
HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company has battled through 35°C heat and 97% humidity to complete multiple replenishment operations with the United States Naval Service ship USNS Patuxent in the Gulf of Aden, in the Middle East Area of Operations.
HMAS Newcastle has combined with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) warship Mianyang to search for survivors of a damaged fishing trawler in Middle Eastern waters.
HMAS Newcastle visited the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam from 16-20 June 2013 after a busy patrol period in the Somali Basin.
Since her arrival in May, HMAS Newcastle (CMDR Paul O’Grady, CSM) conducted her third Replenishment at Sea (RAS) evolution in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the French Navy’s FS Somme on 09 Jun 2013.
A port visit to the Seychelles provided a much-needed opportunity for the crew of HMAS Newcastle to re-energise ahead of her next high-tempo counter-terrorism patrol on Operation SLIPPER.
HMAS Toowoomba will receive a warm welcome home when she sails into Fleet Base West, HMAS Stirling tomorrow, Friday 14 June 2013 following her six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.
HMAS Toowoomba (II) is making her way home to Australia after handing over maritime security and interception operations for Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations to HMAS Newcastle.