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Sydney’s gun blaze for Exercise KAKADU free-play

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

HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) conducts a firing against 'Killer Tomato', an inflatable target simulating fictional enemy patrol craft, with her 76mm main gun during Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) conducts a firing against 'Killer Tomato', an inflatable target simulating fictional enemy patrol craft, with her 76mm main gun during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

The final week of Exercise KAKADU 2014 has commenced with ‘free-play’ exercises that provide participants with the opportunity to test their naval warfare capabilities, with the ships and aircraft divided into opposing fictional 'Blue' and 'Red' forces.

Thinking of their kids on Father's Day

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Able Seaman Marine Technician Luke McKinnon and Chief Petty Officers Steve Arnott and Paul Wilcox are spending their Father's Day at sea in HMAS Sydney during Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Luke McKinnon and Chief Petty Officers Steve Arnott and Paul Wilcox are spending their Father's Day at sea in HMAS Sydney during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Dads serving in HMAS Sydney on Exercise KAKADU 2014 this weekend had their families top of mind as they sailed from Darwin for a second week of high-end warfare with the fictional 'Blue Force' and 'Red Force' battling it out at sea over pretend disputed territory.

Taminmin High School sets its eyes on MRH90

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Leading Seaman Aircrewman Dylan Skipsey explains the use of the lifting winch inside a Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter to the students of Taminmin College, Humpty Doo, Northern Territory, during a community engagement visit on Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Leading Seaman Aircrewman Dylan Skipsey explains the use of the lifting winch inside a Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter to the students of Taminmin College, Humpty Doo, Northern Territory, during a community engagement visit on Exercise KAKADU 2014.

It was a first for many of the children of Taminmin College when they saw a Royal Australian Navy helicopter land on their school oval on 5 September during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

 

 

A sea check for Sydney

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HMAS Sydney Standing Sea Fire and Emergency Party check the air gauge on their breathing apparatus as they fight a simulated fire in the engineers workshop during a Sea Training Group Sea Check, while on Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

HMAS Sydney Standing Sea Fire and Emergency Party check the air gauge on their breathing apparatus as they fight a simulated fire in the engineers workshop during a Sea Training Group Sea Check, while on Exercise KAKADU 2014.

In the midst of Australia’s largest naval warfare exercise for the year, Exercise KAKADU 2014, the guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney welcomed 25 members of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Sea Training Group aboard for the newly re-instituted ‘Sea Check’ program.

PNS Nasr and the Royal Australian Navy share a line

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HMAS Newcastle (right) and Pakistan Navy Ship, PNS Nasr prepare to conduct a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) during the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU 2014. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

HMAS Newcastle (right) and Pakistan Navy Ship, PNS Nasr prepare to conduct a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) during the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

On Wednesday 3 September 2014, PNS Nasr and HMAS Stuart executed a Replenishment at Sea evolution (RAS) as a part of Exercise KAKADU. Stuart held course approximately 100ft from Nasr’s port side to replenish its supply of fuel from the Pakistani oiler.

Collaboration and sharing on Exercise KAKADU

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Coalition observers onboard HMAS  Sydney (FFG 03) with Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney Commander Karl Brinckmann,during Officer of the Watch manouveres in company with Philippine Navy BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ship JS Hatakaze (DDG 171).
 (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Coalition observers onboard HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) with Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney Commander Karl Brinckmann,during Officer of the Watch manouveres in company with Philippine Navy BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ship JS Hatakaze (DDG 171).

As Australia’s largest naval warfare exercise for 2014, KAKADU is providing an important opportunity to hone and exchange knowledge for Australia and fourteen coalition nations working together on a variety of air defence, anti-submarine and surface warfare serials.

A first for the kids of the Brahminy Foundation

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Members of 808 Squadron with the Brahminy Foundation during a MRH-90 visit at Litchfield, NT. (photo: )

Members of 808 Squadron with the Brahminy Foundation during a MRH-90 visit at Litchfield, NT.

On 2 September 2014 members of the Royal Australian Navy’s 808 Squadron and HMAS Coonawarra visited the Brahminy Foundation located within the Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory.

Exercise KAKADU Task Group defend air attack

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Principal Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Kane Mackey in the Operations Room during an air warfare exercise onboard HMAS Stuart as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Principal Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Kane Mackey in the Operations Room during an air warfare exercise onboard HMAS Stuart as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

On Tuesday 2 September 2014, eight ships of the coalition Task Force defended themselves against 11 opposition aircraft as a part of an air defence exercise for KAKADU. The ships faced threats from a range of aircraft and had to respond to a simulated use of long range and short range missile deployments.

Stuart leads the way for Exercise KAKADU

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Combat Systems Operator, Able Seaman Blake Norris conducts a tour onboard HMAS Stuart with Leading Seaman Ahmed Mahmood (left) and Leading Seaman Ahafeez of the Pakistan Navy during Exercise KAKADU 2014.   (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Combat Systems Operator, Able Seaman Blake Norris conducts a tour onboard HMAS Stuart with Leading Seaman Ahmed Mahmood (left) and Leading Seaman Ahafeez of the Pakistan Navy during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

On the weekend, the ship’s company of Stuart, weighed anchor to mark the start of the sea phases of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Exercise KAKADU sea phase kicks off with Action Stations

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Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Josh Little shows Commander Larry Cesista of the Philippine Navy, his console during warfare exercises for Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Josh Little shows Commander Larry Cesista of the Philippine Navy, his console during warfare exercises for Exercise KAKADU 2014.

At 0900 hours on Sunday 31 August, HMAS Sydney took the lead of 'Blue Force' Task Group 628.1, consisting of JS Hatakaze from Japan and BRP Ramon Alcaraz from the Philippines, sailing in formation from Darwin Harbour to kick off the sea phases of Exercise KAKADU 2014.