Australian Navy’s HMAS Darwin to go on first patrol as part of Operation Manitou

2 March 2016 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2016 18:30)

The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin is ready to sail on its first patrol as part of Operation Manitou.

HMAS Darwin

The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin is ready to sail on its first patrol as part of Operation Manitou.

HMAS Darwin crew have already undergone a mission-specific training in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Operation Manitou is the Australian Navy's effort to restore and maintain maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region (MER).

During the mission-specific training, the crew centred on practising boarding techniques including searching, intelligence gathering and security.

RAN lieutenant Josh Cowell said: "The training we received in the second half of 2015 helped Darwin gel as a team and prepared personnel for extended periods at sea performing a variety of tasks.

"The training we received in the second half of 2015 helped Darwin gel as a team and prepared personnel for extended periods at sea performing a variety of tasks."

"The briefings in Bahrain are more specific and informed us how to we can coordinate with the combined maritime forces to ensure our effectiveness is maximised for Operation Manitou."

During training, the combined maritime forces (CMF) personnel also acquainted themselves with HMAS Darwin's crew. They relayed processes, procedures, and scenarios that the Darwin crew may encounter while patrolling the MER.

The CMF is a multi-national military partnership combating violent extremism and terrorist networks in maritime areas, as well as respond to environmental and humanitarian crisis, operating collaboratively with partners across 31 nations.

HMAS Darwin is 138.1m-long with a displacement capacity of 4,267t, a range of 4,500nm, can cruise at speeds of up to 29k, and is powered by two GE LM 2500 gas turbines.

The frigate is equipped with a series of sonars and radars and has artillery that includes Harpoon Block 2, Standard SM-2 Block IIIA and Mk41 VLS launcher.


Image: Royal Australian Navy officer commander Phillip Henry, commanding officer HMAS Darwin, welcomes vice-admiral David Johnston aboard the warship. Photo: courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.