Crocs come to KAKADU during sports day in Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Location(s): Darwin, NT

Topic(s): Sport, Exercise KAKADU

Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors compete in the Ocean Warrior Challenge held at the Darwin Waterfront as part of Exercise KAKADU 2018. (photo: LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez)
Royal Australian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors compete in the Ocean Warrior Challenge held at the Darwin Waterfront as part of Exercise KAKADU 2018.

Participants in Exercise KAKADU have come together to make a splash during a sports day with a difference at Darwin’s waterfront.

The Ocean Warrior challenge consisted of a ‘Ninja Warrior’ style relay race, challenging sailors with a series of water and land-based activities. Each racegoer competed with a blow-up crocodile in tow.

Challenges included a swim, run, rope climb, kayak leg and beach crawl, with teams racing against each other and the clock; 22 of the 27 nations involved in KA18 fielded 12 member teams.

Exercise Lead Planner Mr Andrew Johnston said the Ocean Warrior challenge was a way of bringing KA18 nations together on the sports field before the military component of the exercise began.

“In the past, we’ve run a more traditional form of sports day consisting of football, volleyball and so on, but this year we decided to bring everyone together in a public place at the Darwin waterfront,” he said.

“This allows the public to see not only members of the Royal Australian Navy, but also our international partners competing and having fun.”

Mr Johnston said the challenge allowed competitors and their supporters to mingle in a social environment before the exercise tempo increased over the next couple of weeks.

“This event, and the barbecue that followed, allowed teams to come together in a friendly environment to mix and get to know each other before they go out on exercise later this week.”

Competition was extremely tight on the day, with a team from the Indian Navy Ship Sahyadri taking out top honours, followed by the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force ship Sazanami, and the team from Sri Lankan Navy Ship Sindurala taking out third.

Exercise KAKADU 2018 is being held in Darwin and off the coast of the Northern Territory until mid-September.