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Canadian refuelling a first for Stuart at Kakadu 18

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Chris Leece, on the starboard bridge wing during a replenishment at sea with Canadian Tanker MV Asterix during Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Chris Leece, on the starboard bridge wing during a replenishment at sea with Canadian Tanker MV Asterix during Exercise Kakadu 2018.

Replenishments at sea are business-as-usual in the Royal Australian Navy but new ground was broken recently for HMAS Stuart when the Anzac class frigate took on fuel from Canadian tanker MV Asterix for the first time during Exercise Kakadu 2018.

Navy members enjoy Canadian hospitality, Calgary style

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L-R: Royal Malaysian Navy officer, Sub Lieutenant Mohammad Izzat; Royal Canadian Navy officer, Lieutenant Evan Park and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Martin Kenny on the flight deck of HMCS Calgary during Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

L-R: Royal Malaysian Navy officer, Sub Lieutenant Mohammad Izzat; Royal Canadian Navy officer, Lieutenant Evan Park and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Martin Kenny on the flight deck of HMCS Calgary during Exercise Kakadu 2018.

Australian and Canadian military ties were further strengthened recently when a group of RAN sailors and officers cross-decked in Royal Canadian Navy Ship Calgary as part of Exercise Kakadu 2018.

Port Services deliver for Exercise Kakadu

Published on by LEUT James McPherson (author), LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Darren Walker from Port Services Darwin, at his office on HMAS Coonawarra during Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Darren Walker from Port Services Darwin, at his office on HMAS Coonawarra during Exercise Kakadu 2018.

Providing logistics and berthing support to the 27 nations and 23 ships taking part in Exercise Kakadu has not fazed the Port Services team at HMAS Coonawarra, which already supports the Royal Australian Navy’s busiest port in terms of ship movements.

Kakadu Task Groups form up

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HMAS Newcastle leads Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ship Huangshan, and Republic of Singapore Navy ships RSS Valiant and RSS Vigour, during officer of the watch manoeuvres as part of Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

HMAS Newcastle leads Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ship Huangshan, and Republic of Singapore Navy ships RSS Valiant and RSS Vigour, during officer of the watch manoeuvres as part of Exercise Kakadu 2018.

The sea phase of Exercise Kakadu has shifted up a gear, with coalition ships beginning a series of challenging and complex manoeuvres off the coast of the Northern Territory.

Ships depart for sea phase of Kakadu 2018

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Royal Malaysian Navy Ship, KD Kasturi departs the Port of Darwin to participate in the sea phase of Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Royal Malaysian Navy Ship, KD Kasturi departs the Port of Darwin to participate in the sea phase of Exercise Kakadu 2018.

Ships taking part in Exercise Kakadu 2018 have sailed out of Darwin to begin the sea phase of the Royal Australian Navy’s regional exercise.

Fiji uses Kakadu exercises to boost joint capability

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Commanding Officer HMAS Glenelg, Lieutenant Commander Jorge McKee speaks with the Commanding Officer Republic of Fiji Navy Ship (RFNS) Kikau, Lieutenant Commander Joseva Tunidau, while alongside HMAS Coonawarra during Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Commanding Officer HMAS Glenelg, Lieutenant Commander Jorge McKee speaks with the Commanding Officer Republic of Fiji Navy Ship (RFNS) Kikau, Lieutenant Commander Joseva Tunidau, while alongside HMAS Coonawarra during Exercise Kakadu 2018.

The Republic of Fiji Navy ship Kikau will use the sea phase of Kakadu 2018 to work alongside regional partners including Australia and Tonga to boost joint capability.

International showcase brings nations together

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New Zealand sailors perform the Haka during the Exercise KAKADU 2018 International Cultural Festival held at the Darwin Cruise Ship Terminal. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

New Zealand sailors perform the Haka during the Exercise KAKADU 2018 International Cultural Festival held at the Darwin Cruise Ship Terminal.

All nations visiting Australia for Exercise KAKADU took some time during the harbour phase to share their cultural heritage in a showcase evening of performances, demonstrations and food.

Australia and Japan remember together

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L-R: Commanding Officer JMSDF Ship Sazanami, Commander Shoji Ishikawa; Captain Kaichi Matsuura (obscured); Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN; Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, RAN; Bob Shewring, President of the Darwin RSL Sub Branch; and members of the Darwin community, lay wreaths at the Darwin Cenotaph in memory of those who died during the Second World War. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

L-R: Commanding Officer JMSDF Ship Sazanami, Commander Shoji Ishikawa; Captain Kaichi Matsuura (obscured); Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN; Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, RAN; Bob Shewring, President of the Darwin RSL Sub Branch; and members of the Darwin community, lay wreaths at the Darwin Cenotaph in memory of those who died during the Second World War.

The Commanding Officers of Japanese Ship (JS) Sazanami and HMAS Coonawarra were among representatives who attended wreath laying ceremonies in Darwin recently during Exercise KAKADU 2018.

Crocs come to KAKADU during sports day in Darwin

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Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors compete in the Ocean Warrior Challenge held at the Darwin Waterfront as part of Exercise KAKADU 2018. (photo: LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors compete in the Ocean Warrior Challenge held at the Darwin Waterfront as part of Exercise KAKADU 2018.

Participants in Exercise KAKADU have come together to make a splash during a sports day with a difference at Darwin’s waterfront.

Australia's Fleet Commander calls on counterparts to unite across the region

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Senior Naval Officers from Exercise KAKADU participating nations listen to Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead  deliver his keynote address at the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Building in Darwin.  (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Senior Naval Officers from Exercise KAKADU participating nations listen to Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead deliver his keynote address at the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Building in Darwin.

Fleet Commanders and their representatives from 27 countries have held high-level discussions in Darwin aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the maritime domain.