Operation Manitou

A stable security environment in the Middle East region fosters trade and commerce and ensures Australia's safe and open access to the region. The Royal Australian Navy has conducted maritime security operations in the Middle East region since 1990.

The ADF has up to 16 staff embedded with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in Bahrain at any time. 

The CMF is composed of 41 member nations and 5 Combined Task Forces focused on countering terrorism, preventing piracy, encouraging regional cooperation and promoting a safe maritime environment.