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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. 

Planning and coordination key to KAKADU

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Nicholas Robinson (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Naval Harbour Master Darwin, Lieutenant Commander Paul Ruhl, RAN and Seaman Boatswains Mate Maddison Ball at HMAS Coonawarra during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

Naval Harbour Master Darwin, Lieutenant Commander Paul Ruhl, RAN and Seaman Boatswains Mate Maddison Ball at HMAS Coonawarra during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Behind the action unfolding at sea off the coast of northern Australia as part of Exercise KAKADU, Exercise Director, Captain Nick Woodley, ensures the coordination allows all units involved to meet the exercise’s objectives.

HMAS Bathurst exercises her Freedom of Entry

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

The crew of HMAS Bathurst march through the city of Bathurst during a Freedom of Entry. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

The crew of HMAS Bathurst march through the city of Bathurst during a Freedom of Entry.

With swords drawn and colours flying, 20 officers and sailors from Royal Australian Navy patrol boat, HMAS Bathurst , exercised Freedom of Entry recently to their namesake city.

Anti Submarine Warfare at Exercise KAKADU 2016

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Nicholas Robinson (author), SGT Shane Gidall (photographer)

Air Combat Officer, Flying Officer Kerri Bartsch from No 10 Squadron AP-3C Orion Crew No 3 works at her sensor station during an Anti Submarine Warfare mission on Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: SGT Shane Gidall)

Air Combat Officer, Flying Officer Kerri Bartsch from No 10 Squadron AP-3C Orion Crew No 3 works at her sensor station during an Anti Submarine Warfare mission on Exercise Kakadu 2016.

P-3C Orion aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Pakistan Navy are exercising their anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the Royal Australian Navy as they participate in Exercise KAKADU 2016.

Japanese and Australian navies remember Darwin’s fallen

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

Commanding Officer JS Fuyuzuki, Commander Kuniaki Orito and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, RAN, lay a wreath together during a memorial service onboard Japanese navy ship JS Fuyuzuki during Exercise KAKADU 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer JS Fuyuzuki, Commander Kuniaki Orito and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, RAN, lay a wreath together during a memorial service onboard Japanese navy ship JS Fuyuzuki during Exercise KAKADU 2016.

The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the Royal Australian Navy held a memorial service during the harbour phase of Exercise KAKADU to commemorate the lives lost in Darwin by both sides during the Second World War.

Sprinkling of blue at Ex KAKADU

Published on by FLTLT Tritia Evans (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

A Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) HAWK 127 jet aircraft simulates a missile attack on HMAS Sydney during an air warfare exercise with the participating warships of Exercise KAKADU 2014. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

A Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) HAWK 127 jet aircraft simulates a missile attack on HMAS Sydney during an air warfare exercise with the participating warships of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Around 50 Royal Australian Air Force personnel are supporting the Royal Australian Navy and achieving great training outcomes as part of Exercise KAKADU 2016.

Albany exercises in the north

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

HMAS Albany at sea off the coast of Darwin during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Albany at sea off the coast of Darwin during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Patrol boat, HMAS Albany has put to sea with Australia’s regional partners off the coast of Darwin, participating in Exercise KAKADU, which runs until 23 September.

KAKADU sea phase gets underway

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

HMAS Newcastle conducts a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success off the coast of Darwin during the Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle conducts a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success off the coast of Darwin during the Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Warships from many of the littoral nations of the Pacific and Indian oceans have sailed out of Darwin to begin the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU, Australia’s largest maritime exercise.

Good things come in small packages

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author)

The crew of HMAS Huon fallen in for a Replenishment at Sea as HMAS Diamantina makes her approach. (photo: Unknown)

The crew of HMAS Huon fallen in for a Replenishment at Sea as HMAS Diamantina makes her approach.

At only 52.5m long, mine hunter coastal HMAS Huon, punches above her weight. With an almost endless list of jobs the vessel can be turned to, she is leading the way with some of the most technologically advanced equipment and a highly trained crew. 

Black Carillon an exercise in knowledge sharing

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

The submarine rescue vessel LR5 is launched off the work deck of MV Stoker into the basin at Fleet Base-West for a systems test run during Ex Black Carillon 2016. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

The submarine rescue vessel LR5 is launched off the work deck of MV Stoker into the basin at Fleet Base-West for a systems test run during Ex Black Carillon 2016.

An intensive three week submarine escape and rescue exercise has been conducted off the Western Australian coast.