Over 1,200 people, eight warships and 26 aircraft from 15 coalition forces are in Australia 25 August - 12 September for the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare exercise for the year, KAKADU 2014.
Participants from the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions will conduct tactical warfare planning and cultural exchanges in Darwin for the first week of the exercise then head to sea for high-end warfare serials including naval gunfire, communications, boardings and air defence in the following two weeks.
Many countries will be represented including Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Pakistan and New Zealand who are sending warships and aircraft.
Representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vanuatu have key roles, either in KAKADU’s two Task Groups or as part of the ‘observer-at-sea’ program.
KAKADU 2014 aims to concentrate neighbours from the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions to build on and enhance maritime capability.
Activities will focus on the key maritime warfare aspects common to all of the forces involved in order to further develop mutual understanding in multilateral operations.
Solid naval cooperation between coalition nations enables a secure and stable maritime environment, ultimately leading to safety, trust, peace and prosperity on the high seas for all.
The Royal Australian Navy is represented by HMA Ships Sydney, Stuart, Newcastle and Arunta along with S-70B-2 Seahawk, Bell 429 helicopters and MRH90 Taipan helicopters.
Royal Australian Air Force assets include four 127 Hawks, four F/A-18 Super Hornets, one E-7A Wedgetail, one AP-3C Orion, one LR35 Learjet and four GAT36 Learjets.
Exercise KAKADU is a biennial exercise, now in it’s 23rd iteration.
Community Engagement Activities
The Royal Australian Navy is taking the opportunity to make a number of helicopter visits to schools and communities throughout the Northern Territory during Exercise KAKADU 2014.
S-70B-2 Seahawk, MRH-90 Taipan and Bell 429 helicopters will visit:
- Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Howard Springs on 25 August 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Tiwi Islands, Wurrumiyanga Oval on 26 August from 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Driver Primary School in Palmerston on 28 August from 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Gunbalanya Community in Arnhem Land on 29 August from 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Brahminy Foundation at Litchfield National Park on 2 September from 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Taminmin High School in Humpty Doo on 5 September from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Royal Australian Navy Band
The local Darwin community can see the Royal Australian Navy Band performing popular songs at:
- The Raintree Mall in the Smith Street Mall, Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 12:00pm - 2:00pm.
- Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Thursday, 28 August 2014, 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
Navy Daily News
Read the latest news from the exercise on Navy Daily.
Imagery from Exercise KAKADU 2014 is available for viewing and download from the Navy Image Library.
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