Albany exercises in the north

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

Location(s): Darwin, Northern Territory

Topic(s): HMAS Albany (P86), Exercise KAKADU

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 is the Royal Australian Navy’s largest international exercise, conducted biennially in Australia’s northern waters with the support of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Albany
 joins after participating in Exercise SINGAROO 2016, in partnership with the Republic of Singapore. Albany completed SINGAROO with ships RSN Vigour and Valiantwho have also joined KAKADU.

Commanding Officer HMAS Albany, Lieutenant Commander Carl Jordan, is looking forward to building on the professional and personal relationships his ship has already established.

“As the exercise evolves, we have been really impressed by the professionalism and capability of our KAKADU partners,” he said.

“The social exchanges have also been great fun; the Singaporean crew has been a pleasure to work with.”

In addition to its war fighting responsibilities during KAKADU, Albany is hosting a number of international observers from Tonga. 

Lieutenant Commander Jordan underscored the importance of taking the opportunity to engage with visiting nations.

“We are here to support the training outcomes of the multinational task group and to share knowledge and experiences with our regional partners to achieve their objectives,” he said.

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Carissa Thompson had the benefit of working with the Singaporeans and is looking forward to further experiences in operating as a task group during KAKADU.

“As a part of Exercise SINGAROO, I had the opportunity to be at the helm for the officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres which was pretty impressive,” Able Seaman Thompson said.

“I am looking forward to completing manoeuvres with more Australian and international ships to hone my skills.”

The aim of KAKADU is to develop interoperability with Australia’s regional partners and enhance the maritime capability of all participating navies and air forces.

Defence Forces from the nations of Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and the United States are providing assets, with observers from Fiji, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga and Vietnam.