HMAS Darwin approaches French fishing vessel, Cap Saint Vincent, to respond to a distress signal sent from the boat. *** Local Caption *** HMAS Darwin is currently deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).

This is the 57th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy warship to the MEAO since the second Gulf War in 1990 and the 33rd deployment under Operation Slipper.

Operation Slipper is the Australian Defence Force Contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Middle East maritime security environment, an area of over 2 million square miles, encompassing the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.