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  • 20 October 2015

    Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender sailed from Portsmouth, England to the Middle East to carry out security operations which will be part of her second major deployment. The crew of 190 left their home port, October 19, to take over duties from sister ship HMS Duncan and spend nine months working with allies in the Middle East and […]

  • 9 January 2013

    The Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba has departed her home port of Fleet Base West in Western Australia for a six-month deployment to the Middle East. Toowoomba and her crew of 180 men and women will relieve HMAS Anzac, which has been in the Middle East for the past six months. Toowoomba’s deployment […]

  • 31 December 2015

    The Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class frigate, HMAS Darwin, sailed for the Middle East region December 30. The 229 Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard had a curtailed Christmas break, having just completed a significant period of training in preparation for their Operation MANITOU role. Darwin’s deployment is the 62nd rotation of a Royal Australian Navy ship […]

  • 30 April 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Australian Navy’s Adelaide class guided-missile frigate HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06) is on its way to the Middle East region. After departing the port of Mumbai, India, the vessel navigated through the narrow channel of the lock system. HMAS Newcastle will spend six months deployed in Middle Eastern Operation MANITOU. This marks the vessel’s 60th rotation and the fifth […]

  • 23 September 2011

      Standing ready in sight of the Libyan shore, HMS Bangor remains ready to tackle any mine threat. The British minehunter has been operating to the east of the country, outside of the ports of Benghazi and Brega. Along with units from nations including the Netherlands, Bangor has been making sure these ports are free […]

  • 5 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The International Mine Countermeasures Exercise, considered the largest maritime exercise in the world, kicked off April 4, with international naval and civilian maritime forces from more than 30 nations spanning six continents training together across the Middle East. The exercise is organized and led by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Through the course of this […]

  • 28 January 2016

    A Royal Australian Navy Admiral last week transferred the command the Australian Defence Forces’ Joint Task Force 633, which operates in the Middle East to an Air Marshal. During a transfer of authority ceremony held at Camp Baird, Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East, Rear Admiral Trevor Jones handed over command of the task force […]

  • 25 November 2013
    Training & Education

    Royal Navy Warship HMS Grimsby made two enjoyable but short visits to the North East as part of a regional engagement programme and in support of a traditional celebration close to the heart of all sailors, Trafalgar Day. The 450-tonne Mine Countermeasures Vessel was first alongside at Victoria Quay in Hartlepool for a 2 day […]

  • 10 January 2020

    Japan revealed plans to send a warship and patrol planes to the Middle East in order to ensure the safety of Japan-affiliated vessels in the region.  The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Takanami-class destroyer Takanami (DD-110) and two Japanese Deployment Air-Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement Forces (DAPE) P-3C maritime patrol aircraft will be deployed in the […]

  • 19 November 2013
    Training & Education

    HMS Montrose and two Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs) hosted the UK’s Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology during a port visit to the United Arab Emirates. Mr Philip Dunne MP visited Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose and MCMVs HMS Quorn and HMS Atherstone whilst they were alongside in Abu Dhabi carrying out regional […]

  • 21 September 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    US Navy and coalition assets completed the US 5th Fleet Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise on September 18. As explained, the multi-faceted exercise was conducted to ensure maritime stability and security in the US Central Command area of responsibility, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic […]

  • 30 November 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    HMS Duncan returned to naval base Portsmouth from her maiden nine-month deployment to the Middle East on November 27. The Type 45 destroyer – the UK’s newest warship – left the UK in March and has sailed 43,000 nautical miles and visited 14 countries. She has policed busy shipping lanes in seven different seas and […]

  • 6 July 2012

    HMS Sutherland today sailed from Devonport to begin six months keeping pirates and other criminals in check in the Indian Ocean. The Type 23 frigate – known as the Fighting Clan – sailed from her Devonshire home this afternoon bound for warmer, and more troubled waters. The Fighting Clan takes over from her sister Westminster […]

  • 2 September 2016

    HMAS Perth has notched up more-than 10,000 nautical miles since leaving Australia on 7 June, and Commanding Officer, Captain Ivan Ingham, said his crew has now settled in to their Middle East deployment. “The first phase was getting to the Middle East region and on the way we travelled via Indonesia and Sri Lanka interacting […]

  • 9 October 2017

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga departed Fleet Base East at Garden Island, Sydney for nine months of maritime security operations in the Middle East. The frigate and her crew of 190 were farewelled by Australian defense minister, Senator Marise Payne, and the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett. Minister Payne said Warramunga would […]

  • 2 December 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigate HMS St Albans left her homeport in Portsmouth for a nine-month deployment in the Middle East, yesterday, December 1. St Albans will continue the work that her sister ship, HMS Richmond, carried out earlier this year as part of the Royal Navy’s long-term presence East of Suez. Her task is […]

  • 21 November 2017

    US guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) got underway from San Diego on November 20 to start a regularly scheduled independent deployment to the US 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation. Higgins has a crew of nearly 330 sailors, officers and enlisted, and is a multi-mission ship designed to operate independently or with […]

  • 15 December 2014

    HMAS Toowoomba completed a successful Operation MANITOU maritime security deployment to the Middle East Region on Saturday, 13 December 2014, and is heading home to Perth. Deployed as part of Australia’s Joint Task Force 633, Toowoomba conducted security patrols as part of the international community’s Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. […]

  • 13 April 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    In a Royal Australian Navy first, HMAS Success was recently assigned to a NATO counter-piracy operation in Middle Eastern waters. Operation OCEAN SHIELD is a NATO-led counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa that is tasked with providing Naval escort and deterring piracy with the goal of increasing […]

  • 4 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    As HMAS Success began the last phase of her preparation for a lengthy deployment in November, the ship’s company welcomed a new Commanding Officer. Captain Justin Jones took command at the gangway of Success after his predecessor, Captain Allison Norris, completed a circuit of the ship’s main deck whilst sharing a few words with each […]

  • 21 September 2015

    Indian Naval Ships Deepak, Delhi, Tabar and Trishul are currently visiting Muscat, Oman, to enhance bilateral ties. The vessels entered Muscat, Oman, on September 19 and are scheduled to continue their deployment on September 22. During the visit, the warships will have professional interactions with the defence forces for enhancing co-operation and sharing the nuances of naval […]

  • 12 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    849 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) has set off for the Gulf this week to support Royal Navy and coalition forces on operations in the Middle East. 849 NAS has played an essential role in training the Culdrose Sea King Force aircrew and engineers as well as supporting frontline operations. It has also supported various UK […]

  • 23 May 2014
    Training & Education

    The Royal Navy will maintain “an enduring presence” in the Middle East according to its senior commander in the region. With work on a new £6m headquarters in Bahrain under way, Commodore Keith Blount says the investment is part of a long-term commitment to keep Royal Navy units in the region – building on a […]

  • 4 February 2014
    Training & Education

    The Royal Navy’s frigate HMS Westminster staged a submarine hunt east of the Suez Canal, where she is wrapping up her anti-piracy deployment in anticipation of the arrival of her sister HMS Somerset, which will take over in early February.   The tests included firing of a red-tipped dummy torpedo Sting Ray into the ocean […]

  • 2 October 2017

    US Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) got underway from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on September 28 for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East. While deployed, the ship will conduct theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations. Having steadily worked through a sustainment cycle, the ship’s commanding officer […]

  • 3 July 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The US Navy amphibious ready group led by Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned to homeport on June 28, after completing the Navy’s first East Coast ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. SWATT is led by mentors and warfare tactics instructors (WTI) from Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center […]

  • 1 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin has completed its first patrol in the Middle East region, arriving into the Port of Muscat, Oman. The 23-day patrol within the Combined Maritime Forces will be the ship’s longest single stretch at sea during this deployment. Darwin’s ship’s company conducted several boardings, with the highlight […]

  • 28 May 2013

    HMS Daring, one of the Royal Navy’s new-generation Type 45 destroyers, has left Portsmouth for a wide-ranging deployment which takes her to the Far East – and beyond. The air defence warship will demonstrate the Navy’s global reach during the nine-month deployment which includes contributing to maritime security in the Asia Pacific, conducting science and […]

  • 14 June 2013

    HMAS Toowoomba was welcomed home today from a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). The homecoming ceremony was attended by Minister for Defence, the Honourable Stephen Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Defence and Senator for Western Australia, Senator the Honourable David Johnston, Senior Officer Commodore Peter Lockwood DSC, CSC, RAN, RTD, […]