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Commodore Warfare visits the coalition fleet for Exercise KAKADU

Published on by LEUT Nicholas Robinson (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Commodore Warfare, Commodore Peter Leavy, RAN is given a tour of the Machinery Control Room (MCR) onboard Pakistan Navy Ship, PNS Saif during Exercise KAKADU 2014.   (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commodore Warfare, Commodore Peter Leavy, RAN is given a tour of the Machinery Control Room (MCR) onboard Pakistan Navy Ship, PNS Saif during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

In the final days of exercise of KAKADU, Commodore Peter Leavy, Commodore Warfare, visited a number of coalition ships before embarking on PNS Saif, 9 September 2014

A hungry Sydney replenishes following a victorious sea war

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Pakistan Navy ship PNS Nasr conducts a replenishment at sea (RAS) with HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) during Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Pakistan Navy ship PNS Nasr conducts a replenishment at sea (RAS) with HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

An overnight battle at sea with the fictional ‘Redland’ fleet during Exercise KAKADU 2014 saw victory by the ‘Blueland’ forces.

Exercise KAKADU 2014 concludes with sea battle over disputed territory

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HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Arunta conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with Pakistan Navy Ship, PNS Saif during Exercise KAKADU 2014.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Arunta conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with Pakistan Navy Ship, PNS Saif during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

The Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare exercise has ended after a final week of war games off the coast of Darwin between eight ships, 26 aircraft and over 1,200 people from 15 Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean navies.

 

Interoperability begins at home

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From left, Maritime Trade Operations Officers, Lieutenant Rob Webber, Lieutenant Commander Peter Button, Harbour Master of Darwin Port Corporation Captain Tony O'Malley and Lieutenant Commander Stephen Hurd at the Darwin Port Corporation, Darwin, Northern Territory.   (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

From left, Maritime Trade Operations Officers, Lieutenant Rob Webber, Lieutenant Commander Peter Button, Harbour Master of Darwin Port Corporation Captain Tony O'Malley and Lieutenant Commander Stephen Hurd at the Darwin Port Corporation, Darwin, Northern Territory.

While the focus of attention during Exercise KAKADU 2014 is on the interoperability of the coalition fleet at sea in the waters north of Australia, several teams of people have been working hard in Darwin to ensure smooth sailing.

International cooperation brings an international reunion

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(left) Executive Officer of HMAS Stuart, Lieutenant Commander Ben Dalton with Senior Lieutenant Colonel Francis Goh of the Republic of Singapore Navy onboard HMAS Stuart during Exercise KAKADU 2014.   (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

(left) Executive Officer of HMAS Stuart, Lieutenant Commander Ben Dalton with Senior Lieutenant Colonel Francis Goh of the Republic of Singapore Navy onboard HMAS Stuart during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

As Exercise KAKADU fosters new international relations, one relationship that began 20 years ago at the Australian Defence Force Academy(ADFA) is getting a work up.

Sydney’s gun blaze for Exercise KAKADU free-play

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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.