Exercise Kakadu

Exercise Kakadu is a Royal Australian Navy (RAN)-led biennial exercise supported by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Kakadu is the RAN’s flagship regional international engagement activity and has grown in size and complexity since its inception in 1993.

Exercise Kakadu provides an opportunity for regional partners to undertake multinational maritime activities ranging from constabulary operations to high-end maritime warfare in a combined environment.

The 2022 iteration of Kakadu involved:

  • 15 warships – including a submarine
  • 34 aircraft from 22 different nations
  • more than 3000 sailors and officers.