Coalition observers tour HMAS Stuart

Published on LEUT Nicholas Robinson (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Location(s): Fort Hill Wharf

Topic(s): Exercise KAKADU

Coalition observers from Exercise KAKADU 2014 with Ship's Company of HMAS Stuart on the forecastle after completing a guided tour.  *** Local Caption (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)
Coalition observers from Exercise KAKADU 2014 with Ship's Company of HMAS Stuart on the forecastle after completing a guided tour. *** Local Caption

On Tuesday 26 August 2014, HMAS Stuart held a tour for the coalition observers participating in Exercise KAKADU 2014 to familiarise themselves with the ship while it was alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin.

Stuart’s Commanding Officer, Commander Aaron Nye and the ship’s company welcomed the representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu.

(left) Papua New Guinea Navy, Lieutenant Commander Kevin Yetamalla is welcomed onboard HMAS Stuart by Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye during the coalition observers' tour during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

(left) Papua New Guinea Navy, Lieutenant Commander Kevin Yetamalla is welcomed onboard HMAS Stuart by Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye during the coalition observers' tour during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Commander Nye hosted the guests in Stuart’s Wardroom to discuss key activities during the first week of the exercise.

 He highlighted that an objective of the exercise is to enhance maritime capability to operate in a contemporary maritime security environment.

“The exercise is about promoting interoperability with our maritime brothers and sisters around the region,” Commander Nye said.

The ship’s company led the enthusiastic group on a complete tour of the warship to demonstrate the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at work. The highlights of the tour included the Operations Room, the Bridge and the engineering spaces.

Commander Mohammad Shafiul Bari, Bangladesh Navy, appreciated the opportunity to get up close with an Australia warship.

“I thank Commander Nye for having us onboard today and I look forward to observing and learning from the experience of the exercise over the coming weeks.

“I have really enjoyed the hospitably of the RAN and the courtesy of Stuart in particular,” Commander Bari said.

Deputy Maritime Engineer Officer, Lieutenant Dee Khanna (left) guides coalition observers through engineering spaces onboard HMAS Stuart during a tour as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Deputy Maritime Engineer Officer, Lieutenant Dee Khanna (left) guides coalition observers through engineering spaces onboard HMAS Stuart during a tour as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Stuart is an Anzac class long-range escort capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.

The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

KAKADU 2014 is the RAN’s largest maritime warfare exercise for the year, occurring in and off the coast of Darwin, from 25 August to 12 September 2014.