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Sprinkling of blue at Ex KAKADU

Published on by FLTLT Tritia Evans (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

A Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) HAWK 127 jet aircraft simulates a missile attack on HMAS Sydney during an air warfare exercise with the participating warships of Exercise KAKADU 2014. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

A Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) HAWK 127 jet aircraft simulates a missile attack on HMAS Sydney during an air warfare exercise with the participating warships of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Around 50 Royal Australian Air Force personnel are supporting the Royal Australian Navy and achieving great training outcomes as part of Exercise KAKADU 2016.

Albany exercises in the north

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Nicholas Robinson (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Albany at sea off the coast of Darwin during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Albany at sea off the coast of Darwin during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Patrol boat, HMAS Albany has put to sea with Australia’s regional partners off the coast of Darwin, participating in Exercise KAKADU, which runs until 23 September.

KAKADU sea phase gets underway

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle conducts a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success off the coast of Darwin during the Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle conducts a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success off the coast of Darwin during the Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Warships from many of the littoral nations of the Pacific and Indian oceans have sailed out of Darwin to begin the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU, Australia’s largest maritime exercise.

Good things come in small packages

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author)

The crew of HMAS Huon fallen in for a Replenishment at Sea as HMAS Diamantina makes her approach. (photo: Unknown)

The crew of HMAS Huon fallen in for a Replenishment at Sea as HMAS Diamantina makes her approach.

At only 52.5m long, mine hunter coastal HMAS Huon, punches above her weight. With an almost endless list of jobs the vessel can be turned to, she is leading the way with some of the most technologically advanced equipment and a highly trained crew. 

Black Carillon an exercise in knowledge sharing

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

The submarine rescue vessel LR5 is launched off the work deck of MV Stoker into the basin at Fleet Base-West for a systems test run during Ex Black Carillon 2016. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

The submarine rescue vessel LR5 is launched off the work deck of MV Stoker into the basin at Fleet Base-West for a systems test run during Ex Black Carillon 2016.

An intensive three week submarine escape and rescue exercise has been conducted off the Western Australian coast. 

Fleet Air Arm ranks bolstered by newest pilots

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mrs Peta Magorian (author), Mr Chris Kershaw (photographer)

CAPT Shane Craig, Deputy Commander Fleet Air Arm, presents ASLT Jack Fiddis with the award for 'Aerobatics' as Her Excellency, The Honourable Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia looks on. The graduate of each pilots course that displays the highest level of aerobatic skills is awarded the Government Aircraft Factory Trophy. (photo: Chris Kershaw)

CAPT Shane Craig, Deputy Commander Fleet Air Arm, presents ASLT Jack Fiddis with the award for 'Aerobatics' as Her Excellency, The Honourable Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia looks on. The graduate of each pilots course that displays the highest level of aerobatic skills is awarded the Government Aircraft Factory Trophy.

Navy’s newest pilots gained their wings recently at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce in Western Australia.

Maintenance period for Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Adam Hornell participates in HMAS Darwin's 30th Intermediate Maintenance Availability (IMAV) period alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney. (photo: )

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Adam Hornell participates in HMAS Darwin's 30th Intermediate Maintenance Availability (IMAV) period alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney.

Hot off the heels of her successful Middle East deployment, HMAS Darwin has entered her 30th Intermediate Maintenance Availability period.

24th and final MH-60R Seahawk delivered to Royal Australian Navy

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

The Sikorsky MH-60R

The Sikorsky MH-60R "Romeo" Seahawk helicopter "2-4" which is the 24th and final Romeo military helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy from Sikorsky Defence Systems and Services as part of AIR9000 Phase 8.

The last of Navy's 24 MH-60R maritime combat helicopters was accepted by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, in a ceremony at  Lockheed-Martin’s Logistics and Maintenance Facility at Nowra’s Aviation Technology Park on Monday 12 September.

Australia’s premier international maritime exercise underway

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commodore Warfare, Commodore Mal Wise, OAM, RAN, speaks during the official launch of Exercise KAKADU 2016 aboard HMAS Adelaide, while alongside Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commodore Warfare, Commodore Mal Wise, OAM, RAN, speaks during the official launch of Exercise KAKADU 2016 aboard HMAS Adelaide, while alongside Darwin, Northern Territory.

Australia’s largest international maritime exercise, Exercise KAKADU 2016, was officially launched in Darwin yesterday by the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer.

Expanding the operating envelope in Adelaide

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Paul McCallum (author and photographer)

An Australian Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter conducts night time flying serials from the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, off the coast of northern New South Wales. (photo: POIS Paul McCallum)

An Australian Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter conducts night time flying serials from the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, off the coast of northern New South Wales.

Two giants of the Australian Defence Force, amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide, and the CH-47F Chinook helicopter are expanding Defence capability in the waters off Australia’s northern coastline, conducting first of class flight trials.