AUSTRALIAN CONTRIBUTION TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO PROMOTE MARITIME SECURITY,
STABILITY AND PROSPERITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST REGION


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Operation MANITOU

Australia: 30 June 2014 - ongoing

AO: The sea (including adjacent ports and the area within a 10 kilometres radius of such ports) and superjacent airspace of: the Arabian Sea north of latitude 11°00'00 S and west of longitude 68°00'00 E; the Gulf of Aden; the Gulf of Oman; the Persian Gulf; the Red Sea and the Strait of Hormuz.

Operation MANITOU is the current name for the Australia's contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region (MER). An enhanced security environment ensures Australia's safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce. Operation MANITOU is under command of Joint Task Force 633 (JTF633), which is the Australian National HQ in the Middle East Region.

Deployed: The Royal Australian Navy routinely sends a Major Fleet Unit (MFU) to the MER for assignment to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CMF is composed of thirty one nations and has three principle task forces:

Combined Task Force 150, which conducts counter-terrorism and maritime security operations;
Combined Task Force 151, which conducts counter piracy operations;
Combined Task Force 152, which conducts Arabian Gulf maritime security operations.

The Australian Defence Organisation also provides a small staff that is permanently embedded within the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters. This team, which presently comprises eight Royal Australian Navy personnel and one DSTG scientist, also undertakes the role of the Maritime Operations Support Group. The Royal Australian Navy also provides an International Liaison Officer for the UK Maritime Trade Operations Office and continues to deploy a major fleet unit (MFU) on a four-month rotation within the Middle East Region.

Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 21 December 2015: Non-warlike Service.

Awards: Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) - Greater Middle East Operation (GMEO) - 30 days.
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AOSM - GMEO