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ADF closer to amphibious future at close of RIMPAC 2014

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), Various (photographer)

HMAS Success conducts a RAS (Replenishment at Sea) with the Ticonderoga Cruiser, USS Port Royal, off the coast of Hawaii during the Sea Phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.  (photo: Leading Seaman Brenton Freind)

HMAS Success conducts a RAS (Replenishment at Sea) with the Ticonderoga Cruiser, USS Port Royal, off the coast of Hawaii during the Sea Phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.

More than 800 Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel are on their way home after taking part in RIMPAC, the world’s largest naval exercise, which concluded in Hawaii this week. #RIMPAC2014 #RIMPACPartners

A busy 24 hours for Success at RIMPAC

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Members of HMAS Success's Ships Company turn and face outwards as the Ticonderoga Class Cruiser, USS Port Royal, makes her approach to conduct a RAS (Replenishment at Sea) off the coast of Hawaii during the Sea Phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.  (photo: Leading Seaman Brenton Freind)

Members of HMAS Success's Ships Company turn and face outwards as the Ticonderoga Class Cruiser, USS Port Royal, makes her approach to conduct a RAS (Replenishment at Sea) off the coast of Hawaii during the Sea Phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.

One of the highlights of each successive Exercise RIMPAC is the traditional Fleet Photograph Exercise (PHOTEX), held towards the end of the sea-phase period. The RIMPAC 2014 PHOTEX took place in Hawaiian waters on Friday 25 July and kicked-off a very busy 24 hours for HMAS Success. #RIMPAC2014 #RIMPACPartners

Australian and Philippine navies conduct boarding training together in Darwin

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

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Before the sea phases of Exercise KAKADU 2014 kicked off, teams from HMAS Stuart and BRP Ramon Alcraz took the opportunity to conduct additional joint training to exchange expertise and develop skills in boarding operations.

Navy aircrew say g'day in Arnhem Land

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

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On Friday 29 August 2014, members of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) 816 Squadron visited some local people in Arnhem Land as part of Navy's community engagement during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

HMAS Sydney welcomes JS Hatakaze on Exercise KAKADU 2014

Published on by SBLT Emily Hull (author), CPO Justin Downey-Price (photographer)

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In preparation for Exercise KAKADU 2014, HMAS Sydney and Japanese Navy Ship JS Hatakaze conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) en route to Darwin 22-24 August 2014.

Navies plan maritime warfare during Exercise KAKADU 2014

Published on by LCDR Lauren Rago (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Philippine ship BRP Ramon Alcraz prepares to dock alongside Australian warships HMAS Stuart and HMAS Sydney, while Japanese ship JS Hatakaze is berthed astern at Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson )

Philippine ship BRP Ramon Alcraz prepares to dock alongside Australian warships HMAS Stuart and HMAS Sydney, while Japanese ship JS Hatakaze is berthed astern at Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin.

Over 1,200 military personnel from the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions have completed collaborative, tactical warfare planning during the first week of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime exercise, KAKADU 2014.
 

Navy’s flying visit to Driver Primary School

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

A Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter prepares to land on the sports oval of Driver Primary School, during a visit from 723 Squadron as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014 in Darwin, Northern Territory.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

A Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter prepares to land on the sports oval of Driver Primary School, during a visit from 723 Squadron as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014 in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Almost 500 students, supported by a throng of teachers, parents and community members crowded around the oval at Driver Primary School today, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Bell 429 helicopter from 723 Squadron, as part of a community engagement activity organised by Darwin’s HMAS Coonawarra, held in conjunction with Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Navy Seahawks visit the Tiwi Islands

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

Lieutenant Matt Dank, RAN with Students of Murrupurtiyananuwu Catholic Primary School, Thaddeus (left) and Francis (right) in front of a Royal Australian Navy S70B Seahawk Helicopter while conducting a school visitl on Bathurst Island (Tiwi Islands), Northern Territory, during Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Lieutenant Matt Dank, RAN with Students of Murrupurtiyananuwu Catholic Primary School, Thaddeus (left) and Francis (right) in front of a Royal Australian Navy S70B Seahawk Helicopter while conducting a school visitl on Bathurst Island (Tiwi Islands), Northern Territory, during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

The remote communities of the Tiwi Islands off the Darwin coastline were this week visited by two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) SB-70-B Seahawk helicopters, assisting HMAS Coonawarra’s local community engagement program and raising Navy’s profile in remote and indigenous communities.

Coalition sports day held at Larrakeyah Barracks

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

(left) HMAS Stuart participate in a tug of war against HMAS Sydney at the Inter-Nations Sports Day held at Larrakeyah Barracks as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014 in Darwin.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

(left) HMAS Stuart participate in a tug of war against HMAS Sydney at the Inter-Nations Sports Day held at Larrakeyah Barracks as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014 in Darwin.

On Wednesday 27 August 2014, members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) competed against teams from visiting nations Japan and the Philippines during the harbour phase of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

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.