Commodore Warfare visits the coalition fleet for Exercise KAKADU

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

Location(s): Darwin

Topic(s): Exercises

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.

Commodore Levy was greeted by Commodore Zahid Ilyas, Mission Commander of Pakistani Ships and Captain Jawad Ahmed, Commanding Officer PNS Saif.

Commodore Leavy shared a traditional Pakistani dinner in Saif’s Wardroom and discussed the nature of the international relationship.

"The commonality that we have between the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Pakistani Navy (PN) is very evident.

"Our communications, manoeuvring, orders and even the badges of rank are very common between the navies.

"It’s a great example of how navies across the world can understand each other and can work together," Commodore Leary said.

KAKADU has exercised anti-submarine warfare, air defence and surface warfare, including gunnery serials and seamanship evolutions.

The exercise has welcomed participants from a range of nations including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, The Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Thailand, Tonga, Philippines and Singapore.

Commodore Leavy felt the value of KAKADU had been demonstrated through the exercise of the RAN’s war fighting capabilities and the relationships that were built with our coalition partners.

"The biggest take away from KAKADU has been the tactical training we have gained at sea.

"But equally, we have increased our ability to work together, to understand each other, and to pick up on the little nuances that each navy has in the way we do business," Commodore Leavy said.

KAKADU is the RAN’s largest maritime warfare exercise for the year, occurring in and off the coast of Darwin, from the 25 August to 12 September 2014.