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Coalition observers tour HMAS Stuart

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

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.

Sydney and Stuart hold multi-nation Official Reception

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

Members of HMAS Sydney's Ceremonial Sunset Guard at Exercise KAKADU's Official Reception onboard HMAS Sydney alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin, Northern Territory.  (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Members of HMAS Sydney's Ceremonial Sunset Guard at Exercise KAKADU's Official Reception onboard HMAS Sydney alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin, Northern Territory.

On the first day of Exercise KAKADU 2014, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, Commander Australian Fleet, hosted an Official Reception on board HMA Ships Sydney and Stuart, and warmly welcomed representatives from the exercise’s participating nations.

Busy naval base plays host to Exercise KAKADU

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Mick Doncaster, CSM, RAN at the wharf of HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin, Northern Territory.  (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Mick Doncaster, CSM, RAN at the wharf of HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Known as the homeport for most of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat fleet of the Royal Australia Navy (RAN), Darwin’s HMAS Coonawarra is currently playing host to the Navy’s largest multinational warfare exercise, Exercise KAKADU.

723 Squadron visits the Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Darwin

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

Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer, Sub Lieutenant Adam Jameson, RAN (right) talks to students of Good Shepherd Lutheran College about his role as a helicopter pilot during a community engagement program visit on Exercise KAKADU 2014, Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer, Sub Lieutenant Adam Jameson, RAN (right) talks to students of Good Shepherd Lutheran College about his role as a helicopter pilot during a community engagement program visit on Exercise KAKADU 2014, Darwin, Northern Territory.

On Monday 25th of August 2014, members of the Royal Australian Navy’s 723 Squadron visited the Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Darwin as a part of Navy’s community engagement during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

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, United States of America. (From left) Petty Officer Aircrewman Glenn Watson, Lieuteneant 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, United States of America. (From left) Petty Officer Aircrewman Glenn Watson, Lieuteneant 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 Centre (AUTEC) in the United States.

Hellfire missile firing a first for new Navy helicopters

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer), LCDR Stephan Immerz (videographer), Mr Kon Velanis (video editing)

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

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

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 a 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.