Operation MANITOU is the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region.

A stable security environment fosters trade and commerce and ensures Australia's safe and open access to the region.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has conducted maritime security operations in the Middle East Region since 1990.

The ADF contribution to maritime security under Operation MANITOU is through embedded staff with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in Bahrain. 

Around 5 ADF personnel are currently embedded within the CMF Headquarters.

The Minister for Defence announced the cessation of the Major Fleet Unit rotation on 23 October 2020.


Combined Maritime Forces

Combined Maritime Forces is composed of 33 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.