HMAS Newcastle has arrived in the Middle East and has commenced her first patrol as part of Operation MANITOU after officially joining the operation on 1 May.
Newcastle departed for her first patrol as part of a six-month rotation that will see her cover approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters to conduct maritime security operations in the region.
The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Dominic MacNamara said Newcastle’s mission is to contribute to the maritime security and overall stability of the region.
“The ship’s company are well trained for the operational challenges ahead as we build on the success of the previous Royal Australian Navy contributions to Combined Maritime Forces,” he said.
“Whether at sea or ashore, Australia has a proven track record of deliver positive results for maritime security and stability and Newcastle’s time here will be just as productive.”
Commander MacNamara said the dedication shown by the crew of Newcastle in preparing for their latest mission was crucial to enable the ship to face the coming months at sea in a very dynamic operational environment.
“I also want to thank our family and friends for their support, which is essential to the success of any deployment,” he said.
This is Newcastle’s fifth deployment, having most recently been in the region in 2013, and the 60th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy ship to the region since the first Gulf War in 1990.
Operation MANITOU is Australia’s contribution to the international security and stability effort in the Middle East region, which includes counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction.