On Wednesday 27 August 2014, members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) competed against teams from visiting nations Japan and the Philippines during the harbour phase of Exercise KAKADU 2014.
Traditional Japanese drums cheered their ship’s team in the soccer game, while the Philippines looked sharp on the beach volleyball court. Australian teams from HMAS Sydney and 816 Squadron, both had a firm control of the touch football field.
Leading Seaman Marty Kaye, Personal Training Instructor from HMAS Stuart, said the day is great opportunity for all the navies involved.
“It’s all about having fun, having a go and having a great day. All the participants are keen to get in and play.
“Today promotes some friendly rivalry and most importantly the coalition participants have a chance to build some relationships away from the more serious aspects of the exercise,” Leading Seaman Kaye said.
The coalition nations approached the day’s activities enthusiastically.
Petty Officer Second Class Ryousuke Tsukamoto, from Japan, wore traditional Happi coat and had an Uchiwa fan on hand, before taking his turn at the ship’s drum.
Petty Officer First Class Tomokazu Akiyama, a crew member of JS Hatakaze, explained the significance of the Japanese instrument.
“This is the ship’s drum for Hatakaze. It sails with us wherever we journey and today we use it to cheer our team,” Petty Officer First Class Akiyama said.
Stuart ultimately won the day, taking out the Top End Fleet Trophy for 2014.
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.
INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION RESULTS
Touch Football: HMAS Sydney
Soccer: JS Hatakaze
Beach Volleyball: BRP Ramon Alcaraz
Golf: HMAS Stuart
Tug-of-War: HMAS Stuart