MANITOU

Operation MANITOU is the Australian Government's contribution to the international effort to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region (MER). An enhanced security environment ensures Australia's safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce.

The Government of Australia routinely commits a Royal Australian Navy vessel and personnel to support the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy, encourage regional cooperation, and promote a safe maritime environment.

The RAN ship currently deployed is HMAS Newcastle. This is the 65th rotation of a Navy vessel to the MER since 1990.

The CMF is a multi-national force composed of three principle task forces: Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) (maritime security and counter-terrorism), CTF-151 (counter-piracy) and CTF-152 (Arabian Gulf security and cooperation).

Nations that have participated with the CMF include Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

HMAS Newcastle

HMAS Newcastle is a long range guided missile frigate, capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

The ship was recently upgraded to embark the new multi-role MH-60R 'Romeo' Seahawk helicopter which provides enhanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities.

Embarkation of the helicopter also provides the ship with the capability to deliver air-launched anti-submarine torpedoes and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles.

News Articles

Operation MANITOU news articles are available on the Navy Daily website.

HMAS Newcastle takes over HMAS Arunta's responsibilities for Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region.
HMAS Newcastle takes over HMAS Arunta's responsibilities for Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region.