The Royal Australian Navy will host the largest international maritime exercise in Australia for 2012 off the coast of Darwin. Ships and aircraft from Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will join Royal Australian Navy vessels in Exercise KAKADU which aims to promote international operations between Navies.
Exercise KAKADU, now in its 22nd year, is a maritime exercise aimed at developing interoperability in multilateral operations. The exercise aims to improve the Australian Defence Force's ability to work with international naval forces in maritime security exercises and activities, and will test the effectiveness of participating assists in simulated warfare at sea.
Exercise KAKADU will be held from 27 August to 16 September 2012.
Video of the RAN Band - Sydney detachment (external link) who are in Darwin in support of Exercise KAKADU 2012 is available on the Australian Defence Videos website.
Exercise KAKADU 2012 (external link) imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library.
Ships transiting to Exercise KAKADU 2012 (external link) imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library.