Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Photo Essay - Five years on, Operation MANITOU continues to deliver

Click to launch gallery

10

Photos

Scroll to read and see more

HMAS Ballarat's interception of nearly three tonnes of illicit drugs in the Arabian Sea is just one of a series of successful activities conducted by the Royal Australian Navy in the Middle East as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Ballarat's interception of nearly three tonnes of illicit drugs in the Arabian Sea is just one of a series of successful activities conducted by the Royal Australian Navy in the Middle East as part of Operation MANITOU.

While Operation MANITOU, as it's named, began following Operation SLIPPER in 2014, its aim of conducting maritime security operations in the Middle East has been employed by the Australian government since 1990.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Operation MANITOU is under command of Joint Task Force 633 (JTF633), which is the Australian National HQ in the Middle East Region. The RAN routinely sends a Major Fleet Unit (MFU) to the MER for assignment to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

HMAS Ballarat, an Anzac Class frigate, is currently on the 67th Rotation of deployment to the Middle East, that began in 1990 with the deployment of HMAS Adelaide as part of Operation DAMASK.

Operation DAMASK ran until 2001 and was succeeded by Operation SLIPPER, with HMAS Sydney's deployment to the region in 2001-02.

On her current deployment, Ballarat has seized over nine tonnes of hashish and 1.4 tonnes of heroin, with a total estimated value of $900 million.

Before Ballarat, on Middle East Region Rotation 66, sister ship Warramunga seized around 31.8 tonnes of hashish and two tonnes of heroin, with a total estimated value of $2.17 billion.

PROMOTED CONTENT
Photo Essay - Five years on, Operation MANITOU continues to deliver
HMAS_Ballarat.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

The inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit will place you with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry to discuss the government’s intention to improve AIC and increase the nation’s sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this event, register for free today to attend the live stream on 22 October. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Oct 18 2021
RAN lifts MH-60R flight restrictions
The Royal Australian Navy lifted flight restrictions for the MH-60R Seahawk, following an emergency landing of the helicopter in t...
Oct 18 2021
Pilbara Regiment celebrates consecration of new Colours
Western Australia’s Pilbara Regiment celebrated the consecration and presentation of new Regimental Colours last weekend. ...
Oct 18 2021
RAN ships conclude international exercise
A Royal Australian Navy frigate and replenishment oiler vessel have returned to their homeport after wrapping up the second phase ...