Operation MANITOU

Middle East


Operation MANITOU

Under command of Joint Task Force 633 (JTF633), Operation MANITOU is the Australian Governments contribution to the international effort to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region (MER).

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) routinely sends a frigate (MFU, Major Fleet Unit) to the MER for assignment to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) which are comprised of 3 Combined Task Force (CTF) :
- CTF150 for maritime security and counter-terrorism
- CTF151 for counter-piracy
- CTF152 for Arabian Gulf security and cooperation


First Deployment for Australian MH-60R Seahawk, 08-Sep-16 : Royal Australian Navy new MH-60R Seahawk deployed for the first time with frigate HMAS Perth to the Middle East as part of Operation Manitou

White Ribbon: End Violence Against Women, 16-Aug-15 : Royal Australian Navy HMAS Newcastle in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation MANITOU show their support for the White Ribbon campaign, national male-led campaign to end violence against women


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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    AU 816 Squadron Fleet Air Arm (RAN) S-70B-2 Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk

Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

Individual helicopters

Model IDs
Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk N24-011    


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Guided-Missile Frigate  Adelaide class   Royal Australian Navy FFG 06 HMAS Newcastle,
Frigate  Anzac class   Royal Australian Navy FFH 151 HMAS Arunta, Royal Australian Navy FFH 157 HMAS Perth,

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