HMAS Perth deploys for first Middle East Mission
7 June 2016
HMAS Perth today set course and departed the HMAS Stirling naval base at Rockingham, Western Australia for her first operational deployment to the Middle East region for Operation Manitou.
Family, friends and local representatives joined Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commander Australian Fleet, to farewell the 192 personnel who will be deployed until just before Christmas.
Captain Ivan Ingham, HMAS Perth Commanding Officer, said Operation Manitou plays an important role in global security and personnel were looking forward to the deployment.
“Operating as part of the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces, we will conduct maritime security operations to counter and deter terrorism and the trade of narcotics that are used to fund terrorist activities,” Captain Ingham said.
“An enhanced security environment ensures Australia's safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce.
“Since the beginning of Operation MANITOU, Australian warships have interdicted more than four tonnes of illegal drugs being trafficked to fund international terrorism.
“We have trained hard to prepare for this task and thank our families and friends for their ongoing support.”
Perth’s departure is the first operational deployment for an Anzac Class frigate with the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade.
"HMAS Perth was the first Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgraded Anzac frigate and so we are extremely proud and excited to be the first upgraded ship to deploy operationally.
“While we take great satisfaction in knowing that we will deploy with the world's leading missile defence capability, we also realise that our highly capable surveillance sensors and new mission combat helicopter will also make a significant additional contribution to our mission.”
Perth’s maiden deployment to the Middle East region marks the 63rd Royal Australian Navy fleet unit to the area since 1990.
Operation Manitou is Australia’s contribution to counter terrorism, counter piracy, narcotics interdiction and improves overall stability to that region, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
Imagery of today’s departure will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20161302
Information about Perth is available at: http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-perth-iii