Topic: Operation MANITOU

Short notice deployment for Navy planner

Published on by FLTLT Chloe Stevenson (author)

Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Peck, RAN is currently embedded within the International Maritime Security Construct, Bahrain, as part of Combined Task Force Sentinel on Operation MANITOU. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Peck, RAN is currently embedded within the International Maritime Security Construct, Bahrain, as part of Combined Task Force Sentinel on Operation MANITOU.

A short-notice deployment saw Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Peck trade Canberra’s freezing winter for a sweltering Middle East summer.

Mariner relishes challenge of land-based deployment

Published on by MAJ Bradley Richardson (author)

Commander Jennifer Parker, RAN, deployed to Operation MANITOU and embedded with the International Maritime Security Construct in Bahrain. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Commander Jennifer Parker, RAN, deployed to Operation MANITOU and embedded with the International Maritime Security Construct in Bahrain.

Born and raised in the red dust and desert backdrop of Broken Hill, New South Wales, Navy Commander Jennifer Parker again finds herself on dry land - deployed ashore on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East.

Phot shots in counter-narcotics fight

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Helen Frank (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Richard Cordell in front of HMAS Toowoomba at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Richard Cordell in front of HMAS Toowoomba at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

One of the smallest categories in the Navy has a large role to play in the Middle East Region. With only 39 members, Imagery Specialist sailors often deploy alone and produce imagery across a wide range of domains.

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.