Topic: Exercise KAKADU

Observers absorb wartime lessons during exercise

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Regional partners tour the Darwin Military Museum during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: SGT Shane Gidall)

Regional partners tour the Darwin Military Museum during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

International observers at the recent Exercise KAKADU in Darwin made time to appreciate Australia’s military and cultural history, touring the Darwin Military Museum and Second World War Oil Storage Tunnels.

Exercise KAKADU proves potency of combined forces

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Canadian Navy Ship, HMCS Vancouver sails with Republic of Singapore Navy ships, RSS Vigour and RSS Valiant through the Northern Australian Exercise Area during Exercise KAKADU 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Canadian Navy Ship, HMCS Vancouver sails with Republic of Singapore Navy ships, RSS Vigour and RSS Valiant through the Northern Australian Exercise Area during Exercise KAKADU 2016.

Exercise KAKADU has come to a close in the north of Australia with 19 ships and submarines showing Navy can rapidly deploy a large number of major fleet units and lead a multinational maritime force.

Warfighting Warramunga

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HMAS Warramunga fires their Mk 45 5 inch gun the Northern Australian Exercise Area during Exercise KAKADU 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

HMAS Warramunga fires their Mk 45 5 inch gun the Northern Australian Exercise Area during Exercise KAKADU 2016.

From hunting submarines by moonlight to engaging and defeating surface and air targets by day, HMAS Warramunga is proving to be a highly potent warship as she continues to participate in Exercise KAKADU 16 and lead Combined Task Group 628.1. 

At sea with nearest neighbours

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Members of Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship (HMPNGS) Moresby ship's company are debriefed by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Collen Yaperth (centre), while Chief Petty Officer Paul Norton observes, after a fire exercise during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Members of Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship (HMPNGS) Moresby ship's company are debriefed by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Collen Yaperth (centre), while Chief Petty Officer Paul Norton observes, after a fire exercise during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

HMA Ships Glenelg, Albany and Armidale have been spending time sailing in-company with our closest Commonwealth neighbours in the Arafura Sea as part of Exercise KAKADU.

Patrol boats train together off Darwin

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Officer of the watch on Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship Moresby Sub-Lieutenant Peter Waso, takes a bearing during officer of the watch manoeuvres during Exercise Kakadu 2016, Darwin, NT. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Officer of the watch on Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship Moresby Sub-Lieutenant Peter Waso, takes a bearing during officer of the watch manoeuvres during Exercise Kakadu 2016, Darwin, NT.

HMA Ships Glenelg and Albany have been enjoying some in-company time with our closest Commonwealth neighbours in the Arafura Sea as part of Exercise KAKADU.

Warfare serials unite Red Force for KAKADU final Battle

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HMAS Newcastle fires a round from its 76mm gun during an anti-air warfare serial at Exercise Kakadu 2016.  (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle fires a round from its 76mm gun during an anti-air warfare serial at Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Just three days into the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU, a task group of six international warships has been locked in a steady battle of anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

Manoeuvres drive interoperability in KAKADU

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HMAS Newcastle Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN (left) and Sub-Lieutenant Daniel King, RAN during Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres aboard HMAS Newcastle at Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN (left) and Sub-Lieutenant Daniel King, RAN during Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres aboard HMAS Newcastle at Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Conducting officer-of-the-watch-manoeuvres with warships from four other nations is a daunting prospect even for the most experienced ship handler. The exercise requires an officer to drive a ship at high speeds and at close quarters around other vessels. 

Planning and coordination key to KAKADU

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Naval Harbour Master Darwin, Lieutenant Commander Paul Ruhl, RAN and Seaman Boatswains Mate Maddison Ball at HMAS Coonawarra during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

Naval Harbour Master Darwin, Lieutenant Commander Paul Ruhl, RAN and Seaman Boatswains Mate Maddison Ball at HMAS Coonawarra during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Behind the action unfolding at sea off the coast of northern Australia as part of Exercise KAKADU, Exercise Director, Captain Nick Woodley, ensures the coordination allows all units involved to meet the exercise’s objectives.

Anti Submarine Warfare at Exercise KAKADU 2016

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Air Combat Officer, Flying Officer Kerri Bartsch from No 10 Squadron AP-3C Orion Crew No 3 works at her sensor station during an Anti Submarine Warfare mission on Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: SGT Shane Gidall)

Air Combat Officer, Flying Officer Kerri Bartsch from No 10 Squadron AP-3C Orion Crew No 3 works at her sensor station during an Anti Submarine Warfare mission on Exercise Kakadu 2016.

P-3C Orion aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Pakistan Navy are exercising their anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the Royal Australian Navy as they participate in Exercise KAKADU 2016.

Japanese and Australian navies remember Darwin’s fallen

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Commanding Officer JS Fuyuzuki, Commander Kuniaki Orito and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, RAN, lay a wreath together during a memorial service onboard Japanese navy ship JS Fuyuzuki during Exercise KAKADU 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer JS Fuyuzuki, Commander Kuniaki Orito and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, RAN, lay a wreath together during a memorial service onboard Japanese navy ship JS Fuyuzuki during Exercise KAKADU 2016.

The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the Royal Australian Navy held a memorial service during the harbour phase of Exercise KAKADU to commemorate the lives lost in Darwin by both sides during the Second World War.