After 19 days of intense training as part of Exercise KAKADU, 12 visiting Navy vessels from four different countries will farewell Darwin as the Exercise draws to a close.
Darwin, and the waters off her coast, has been home to eight Royal Australian Navy vessels and four foreign ships that participated in Exercise KAKADU, which aimed to develop coordinated maritime operations in an international environment.
Exercise Director of KAKADU 2010, Captain John Vandyke, was delighted with the outcomes of KAKADU this year.
“Exercise KAKADU has provided an invaluable training opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy and visiting Navies to work together and build our effectiveness when we operate together in the areas of maritime operations and security,” said Captain Vandyke.
The Royal Australian Navy hosted naval forces from Singapore, Thailand and Japan. Royal Malaysian Naval officers participated as part of Exercise Control staff. Exercise KAKADU was also observed by representatives from India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, France and Republic of Korea.
Participating naval forces were supported by the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force air detachment.
Exercise KAKADU provided graduated training activities and weapons practices, which culminated in simulated warfare at sea that tested the effectiveness of participating forces.
“The participation of two submarines made it a great opportunity for the ships to further enhance their skills at anti-submarine operations, while also providing excellent training for Australian submariners,” said Captain Vandyke.
During KAKADU the ships and submarines were tested on their ability to react and deal with many different maritime scenarios, while increasing their ability to operate effectively with other Navies.
“It has been a very busy and intense period for the ship’s companies and air crews involved in KAKADU as they have been challenged by the exercise scenarios. Everyone involved has performed very well and has gained valuable training and experiences,” said Captain Vandyke.
“As always, the people of Darwin and Northern Territory have been exceptional hosts to us, and I thank them for their support during Exercise KAKADU,” he said.
During Exercise KAKADU the Royal Australian Navy was represented by the Replenishment Vessels HMA Ships Sirius and Success; three ANZAC Class Frigates HMA Ships Warramunga, Arunta and Toowoomba; two submarines, HMA Ships Dechaineux and Collins; and an Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany. Australia was also represented by Royal Australian Air Force assets, including AP-3C, F‑111 and Hawk Fighter Aircraft.
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