Topic:

Exercise KAKADU proves potency of combined forces

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Canadian Navy Ship, HMCS Vancouver sails with Republic of Singapore Navy ships, RSS Vigour and RSS Valiant through the Northern Australian Exercise Area during Exercise KAKADU 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Canadian Navy Ship, HMCS Vancouver sails with Republic of Singapore Navy ships, RSS Vigour and RSS Valiant through the Northern Australian Exercise Area during Exercise KAKADU 2016.

Exercise KAKADU has come to a close in the north of Australia with 19 ships and submarines showing Navy can rapidly deploy a large number of major fleet units and lead a multinational maritime force.

Milestone Reached – First EC135 Flight

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Darren Murphy (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

(L-R) Mr Tim Leonard, Mr Rob Starks, Major Anton Leshinskas and Lieutenant Commander Tony Hammond infront of the EC-135T2 Helicopter after conducting flight trials at HMAS Albatross. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

(L-R) Mr Tim Leonard, Mr Rob Starks, Major Anton Leshinskas and Lieutenant Commander Tony Hammond infront of the EC-135T2 Helicopter after conducting flight trials at HMAS Albatross.

It was up, up and away for the EC-135T2 helicopter, the latest aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army as part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). 

Warfighting Warramunga

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

HMAS Warramunga fires their Mk 45 5 inch gun the Northern Australian Exercise Area during Exercise KAKADU 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

HMAS Warramunga fires their Mk 45 5 inch gun the Northern Australian Exercise Area during Exercise KAKADU 2016.

From hunting submarines by moonlight to engaging and defeating surface and air targets by day, HMAS Warramunga is proving to be a highly potent warship as she continues to participate in Exercise KAKADU 16 and lead Combined Task Group 628.1. 

At sea with nearest neighbours

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

Members of Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship (HMPNGS) Moresby ship's company are debriefed by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Collen Yaperth (centre), while Chief Petty Officer Paul Norton observes, after a fire exercise during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Members of Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship (HMPNGS) Moresby ship's company are debriefed by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Collen Yaperth (centre), while Chief Petty Officer Paul Norton observes, after a fire exercise during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

HMA Ships Glenelg, Albany and Armidale have been spending time sailing in-company with our closest Commonwealth neighbours in the Arafura Sea as part of Exercise KAKADU.

Communications exercise’s good reception

Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), MSGT Todd Kabalan (author and photographer)

Vice Admiral David Johnston, Chief of Joint Operations, addresses Participants of Pacific Endeavour 2016. (photo: Master Sgt. Todd Kabalan)

Vice Admiral David Johnston, Chief of Joint Operations, addresses Participants of Pacific Endeavour 2016.

Imagining homes are shattered, trees are uprooted and the Brisbane CBD is flooded after a massive cyclone smashes Queensland’s south coast is part of the scenario for Exercise PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR, a multinational communications exercise to test equipment and develop procedures for use in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. 

Agility on show in Australia's north

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LEUT James Dobson (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle patrols past a gas and oil platform during a North West Shelf patrol. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Newcastle patrols past a gas and oil platform during a North West Shelf patrol.

Exercise NORTHERN SHIELD wrapped up on 10 September in Derby, Western Australia, with more than 1,200 troops and millions of kilograms of equipment returning to bases all over Australia.

Patrol boats train together off Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

Officer of the watch on Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship Moresby Sub-Lieutenant Peter Waso, takes a bearing during officer of the watch manoeuvres during Exercise Kakadu 2016, Darwin, NT. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Officer of the watch on Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship Moresby Sub-Lieutenant Peter Waso, takes a bearing during officer of the watch manoeuvres during Exercise Kakadu 2016, Darwin, NT.

HMA Ships Glenelg and Albany have been enjoying some in-company time with our closest Commonwealth neighbours in the Arafura Sea as part of Exercise KAKADU.

Ballarat returns after six months away

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Forecastle Party prepare to throw lines as HMAS Ballarat returns home to Fleet Base West, after a six month deployment. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Forecastle Party prepare to throw lines as HMAS Ballarat returns home to Fleet Base West, after a six month deployment.

Families, friends and well-wishers lined the wharf at Fleet Base West recently as HMAS Ballarat returned home from a six-month Pacific deployment.

Warfare serials unite Red Force for KAKADU final Battle

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle fires a round from its 76mm gun during an anti-air warfare serial at Exercise Kakadu 2016.  (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle fires a round from its 76mm gun during an anti-air warfare serial at Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Just three days into the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU, a task group of six international warships has been locked in a steady battle of anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

Manoeuvres drive interoperability in KAKADU

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN (left) and Sub-Lieutenant Daniel King, RAN during Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres aboard HMAS Newcastle at Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN (left) and Sub-Lieutenant Daniel King, RAN during Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres aboard HMAS Newcastle at Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Conducting officer-of-the-watch-manoeuvres with warships from four other nations is a daunting prospect even for the most experienced ship handler. The exercise requires an officer to drive a ship at high speeds and at close quarters around other vessels.