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Regional navies ready to play at KAKADU 2014

Published on by LCDR Lauren Rago (author)

File image: Warships from Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore form up off the coast of Darwin during Exercise KAKADU 2012. (photo: LSPH Helen Frank)

File image: Warships from Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore form up off the coast of Darwin during Exercise KAKADU 2012.

Warships from throughout the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region are about to arrive in the Northern Territory for the Royal Australian Navy’s biggest and most exciting warfare exercise, KAKADU 2014, which will play out off the coast of Darwin from 25 August – 12 September.

Navies arrive in Darwin for major maritime warfare exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Lauren Rago (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer), CPL David Said (photographer), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Exercise KAKADU 2014 logo. (photo: N/A)

Exercise KAKADU 2014 logo.

More than 1,200 people, eight warships and 26 aircraft from 15 coalition nations are arriving in Darwin today for the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare exercise, KAKADU 2014, to be held from 25 August to 12 September, 2014.

Romeo sends Hellfire down range

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Dave Frost (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer)

Members from NUSQN 725 stand alongside Aircraft 902, which will fire the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, USA. L-R: Petty Officer Aircrewman Glenn Watson; Lieutenant Commander Michael Robertson; and Lieutenant Joel Bury. (photo: LCDR Stephan Immerz)

Members from NUSQN 725 stand alongside Aircraft 902, which will fire the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, USA. L-R: Petty Officer Aircrewman Glenn Watson; Lieutenant Commander Michael Robertson; and Lieutenant Joel Bury.

In the space of seven short months, NUSQN 725 has leapt from receiving their first MH-60R Romeo helicopters to firing the first Royal Australian Navy AGM-114 Hellfire missiles during a live fire exercise at the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the United States.

Hellfire missile firing a first for new Navy helicopters

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Aircraft 902 from NUSQN 725 fires the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, USA. (photo: LCDR Stephan Immerz)

Aircraft 902 from NUSQN 725 fires the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, USA.

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, successfully fired its first Hellfire missile in the United States on 26 July 2014.

HMAS Ballarat celebrates tenth birthday and readies for big upgrade

Published on by LCDR Mark Fielder (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Ballarat, Commander Matt Doornbos cuts the cake along with Seaman Rylan Painter (left) and Chief Petty Officer Tony Anderson (right). (photo: LCDR Mark Fielder)

Commanding Officer HMAS Ballarat, Commander Matt Doornbos cuts the cake along with Seaman Rylan Painter (left) and Chief Petty Officer Tony Anderson (right).

The Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat proudly celebrated her tenth birthday recently, on a characteristically windy day at Fleet Base West.

Chief of Navy’s commitment to safety

Published on by LEUT Celeste Ecuyer (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

The appropriate Personal Protective Equipment worn when operating a grinder inside the workshop at all times as a member of the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

The appropriate Personal Protective Equipment worn when operating a grinder inside the workshop at all times as a member of the Royal Australian Navy.

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Chief of Navy has made it a priority early on in his command to name safety as one of his key priorities, issuing a Navy Safety Policy Statement on 15 July 2014.

Some hard Yarra

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their dive expertise to recover an anchor and shackles belonging to HMAS Bundaberg from the seabed near Ashmore Island. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their dive expertise to recover an anchor and shackles belonging to HMAS Bundaberg from the seabed near Ashmore Island.

Personnel in the coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their diving expertise to recover an anchor and shackles weighing one tonne from the seabed near Ashmore Island.

Final Damage Control Exercise for Sea Trainer

Published on by LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Fleet Damage Control Officer Lieutenant Commander Col Painter, of Sea Training Group, ensures personnel adopt the correct brace position during a damage control exercise onboard HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Fleet Damage Control Officer Lieutenant Commander Col Painter, of Sea Training Group, ensures personnel adopt the correct brace position during a damage control exercise onboard HMAS Toowoomba.

Final sea time was on the cards for the Fleet Damage Control Officer as he completed HMAS Toowoomba’s mission readiness evaluation. Lieutenant Commander Col Painter is hanging up his radio and timer when he posts from the billet in July.

Navy’s LCH fleet begins its long goodbye

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The Royal Australians Navy's three remaining Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan depart Cairns Harbour in formation. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The Royal Australians Navy's three remaining Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan depart Cairns Harbour in formation.

The three remaining Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have begun their long goodbye with a formation exit from Cairns yesterday, followed by beaching exercises as Cowley Beach today.

Chief of Navy message

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett provides his latest message for Navy personnel, recorded during a visit to HMAS Cerberus. (photo: )

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett provides his latest message for Navy personnel, recorded during a visit to HMAS Cerberus.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett provides his latest message for Navy personnel, recorded during a visit to HMAS Cerberus.