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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

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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

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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

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(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

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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

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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

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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.