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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

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

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.

Exercise KAKADU kicks off in Northern Territory

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Partnerships matter - Exercise KAKADU 2018 has been launched in typically Australian style with an indigenous smoking ceremony on board HMAS Canberra in Darwin. (photo: Unknown)

Partnerships matter - Exercise KAKADU 2018 has been launched in typically Australian style with an indigenous smoking ceremony on board HMAS Canberra in Darwin.

Exercise KAKADU has commenced in Australian style with an indigenous smoking ceremony onboard the Royal Australian Navy flagship HMAS Canberra.

HMAS Sirius prepares for Exercise KAKADU with USS Michael Murphy

Published on by LEUT Peter Gilkinson (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

HMAS Sirius, with lines connected to USS Michael Murphy, passes F76 fuel during a Replenishment at Sea on the way to Australia’s top end for Exercise KAKADU. (photo: Department of Defence)

HMAS Sirius, with lines connected to USS Michael Murphy, passes F76 fuel during a Replenishment at Sea on the way to Australia’s top end for Exercise KAKADU.

HMAS Sirius achieved an important milestone recently when she successfully completed Replenishment at Sea (RAS) number 576 by supplying fuel to Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Michael Murphy during her transit to Exercise KAKADU 2018.

Sailors benefit from industry secondments

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RAN members, hosted by industry partner Thales, participating in the Navy FSU Technical Mastery Secondment Program at Fleet Base East. (photo: )

RAN members, hosted by industry partner Thales, participating in the Navy FSU Technical Mastery Secondment Program at Fleet Base East.

Navy’s Fleet Support Unit regularly outplaces members with a variety of Defence industry partners to share skills and experience.

WA-based ships depart for deployments

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Family and friends farewell loved ones as HMAS Stuart departs Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Family and friends farewell loved ones as HMAS Stuart departs Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

There were banners, tears and hugs on Diamantina Wharf at Fleet Base West on August 22 as HMA Ships Sirius and Stuart headed off on deployment.

Toowoomba techos put training into practice

Published on by LCDR Jason Grivas (author), SBLT Patrick Czakilew (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician (MT) Ross Kennedy, Able  Seaman (AB) MT Bradley Chambers, ABMT Corey Bunyan, ABMT Cade Wilks and Seaman MT Ashleigh Pennie repaired the damaged engine over the course of four days whilst HMAS Toowoomba participated in Indo Pacific Endeavour 2018. (photo: Sub Lieutenant Patrick Czakilew)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician (MT) Ross Kennedy, Able Seaman (AB) MT Bradley Chambers, ABMT Corey Bunyan, ABMT Cade Wilks and Seaman MT Ashleigh Pennie repaired the damaged engine over the course of four days whilst HMAS Toowoomba participated in Indo Pacific Endeavour 2018.

Marine technicians and support staff posted to HMAS Toowoomba have rallied together to conduct a complex repair while the ship was overseas on deployment.

Home sweet home

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Dallas Gray (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Family and friends greet HMAS Success as she returns to her homeport of Fleet Base East, Sydney, after a five-month deployment through South East Asia and the Pacific. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Family and friends greet HMAS Success as she returns to her homeport of Fleet Base East, Sydney, after a five-month deployment through South East Asia and the Pacific.

HMAS Success returned to Fleet Base East on August 24 after a five month deployment to South East Asia and the Pacific, in support of Indo Pacific Endeavour and Exercise RIMPAC 18.