Arunta sails for Middle East

santa_point1HMAS Arunta will depart from her home port of Fleet Base West, Rockingham, for maritime security activities in Middle East tomorrow.

FILE PHOTOHMAS Arunta fires her 5-inch gun against a simulated fast boat attack during the Fleet Concentration Period 2015. Photo by Leading Seaman Bradley Darvill.

The ship is deploying in support of Operation MANITOU.

This will be Arunta’s third deployment to the Middle East region and the first time a ship will be deployed to Operation MANITOU for nine months.

HMAS Perth, which returned to Australia after her deployment to the Middle East was not, apparently, assigned to Operation Manitou – and we cannot decipher what she was actually deployed for, from Defence’s ‘explanation’ of Operation Manitou.

Anyway, a Defence spokesman said that during her deployment, Arunta may undertake missions involving counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and security cooperations as well as regional engagements, as part of the Australian Defence Force contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East region.

Arunta’s departure will mark the 64th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy ship to the region since 1990.

HMAS Arunta, an Anzac-class frigate, is scheduled to depart from Fleet Base West, in Rockingham, WA, tomorrow at 11am.

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