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Partnerships matter - Exercise Kakadu wraps up in Darwin

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The Exercise Kakadu 2018 multinational fleet in formation off the coast of Darwin. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

The Exercise Kakadu 2018 multinational fleet in formation off the coast of Darwin.

Australia’s largest maritime exercise has wrapped up in the Top End, following an intensive two weeks of realistic and challenging engagements from the air and the sea.

Australians enjoy a taste of India

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Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Phillip Goodwin, is welcomed onboard the Indian Navy ship (INS) Sahyadri by the Executive Officer as part of a cross-decking program during Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Phillip Goodwin, is welcomed onboard the Indian Navy ship (INS) Sahyadri by the Executive Officer as part of a cross-decking program during Exercise Kakadu 2018.

A group of sailors and officers from HMAS Stuart were given special VIP treatment recently when the Anzac class frigate conducted a cross-decking of personnel with Indian Navy Ship Sahyadri.

Australian, Fiji patrol boats conduct joint boarding operations

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Members of the joint boarding parties of HMAS Glenelg and the Republic of Fiji Navy Ship Kikau, together after a successful training exercise as part of Kakadu 2018. L-R: Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Chapman, Lieutenant Cagilaba Wetealagi, Leading Seaman Boatswain's Mate Joshua O'Toole, Petty Officer Boatswain Kemueli Kalitoni, Leading Seaman Marine Technician Chris Greenwood and Petty Officer Peni Nagata. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Members of the joint boarding parties of HMAS Glenelg and the Republic of Fiji Navy Ship Kikau, together after a successful training exercise as part of Kakadu 2018. L-R: Petty Officer Boatswain Stephen Chapman, Lieutenant Cagilaba Wetealagi, Leading Seaman Boatswain's Mate Joshua O'Toole, Petty Officer Boatswain Kemueli Kalitoni, Leading Seaman Marine Technician Chris Greenwood and Petty Officer Peni Nagata.

Patrol boat crews from Australia and Fiji have conducted joint boarding operations on a simulated illegal fishing vessel as part of Exercise Kakadu in the Northern Territory.

Canadian refuelling a first for Stuart at Kakadu 18

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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

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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.