Category archives for: Asia Pacific

HMAS Stuart Marks Start of KAKADU Sea Phase

HMAS Stuart Marks Start of KAKADU Sea Phase

Over the weekend, the ship’s company of HMAS Stuart, weighed anchor to mark the start of the sea phases of Exercise KAKADU 2014.   Stuart led the ‘Red Force’ Task Group 628.2 out of Darwin Harbour, before conducting Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres with members of the Command Task Group. HMA Ships Arunta and Newcastle, […]

HMAS Sydney Kicks Off KAKADU 2014 Sea Phase

At 0900 hours on Sunday 31 August, HMAS Sydney took the lead of ‘Blue Force’ Task Group 628.1, consisting of JS Hatakaze from Japan and BRP Ramon Alcaraz from the Philippines, sailing in formation from Darwin Harbour to kick off the sea phases of Exercise KAKADU 2014.   Exercise KAKADU is focused on developing high-end […]

HMAS Stuart, BRP Ramon Alcraz Practice Boarding Skills

HMAS Stuart, BRP Ramon Alcraz Practice Boarding Skills

Before the sea phases of Exercise KAKADU 2014 kicked off, teams from HMAS Stuart and BRP Ramon Alcraz took the opportunity to conduct additional joint training to exchange expertise and develop skills in boarding operations.   The training was conducted under the watchful eye of Petty Officer Chris Whittaker of the Minor War Vessel Sea […]

KAKADU 2014 Fleet Sails to North Australian Exercise Area

KAKADU 2014 Fleet Sails to North Australian Exercise Area

The KAKADU 2014 fleet has sailed from Darwin to conduct major maritime warfare serials in the North Australian Exercise Area including gunnery, air defence, flying operations and more.   The eight-strong fleet of warships includes the Royal Australian Navy’s HMA Ships Sydney, Stuart, Arunta and Newcastle, the Japanese Navy’s JS Hatazake, the Pakistan Navy’s PNS […]

KAKADU 2014: HMAS Sydney, JS Hatakaze Conduct PASSEX

KAKADU 2014: HMAS Sydney, JS Hatakaze Conduct PASSEX

In preparation for Exercise KAKADU 2014 , HMAS Sydney and Japanese Navy Ship JS Hatakaze conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) en route to Darwin 22-24 August 2014.   Throughout the time ‘in company’ together, the ships conducted Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres (OOWMANS), Replenishment at Sea Approaches (RASAPS), visual signalling exercises, publication exercises (SYNTEX), Screenplay […]

Top News of the Week of Aug 23 – 29, 2014

Top News of the Week of Aug 23 – 29, 2014

US DoD Expresses Concern to China for Dangerous Intercept The US Defense Department has expressed its concern to Chinese diplomatic officials about an Aug. 19 incident in which an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters […]

HMAS Harman Hosts Welfare Session

HMAS Harman conducted a Youth Mental Health Awareness Session last week as the first of a number of joint initiatives by the Harman command team and Defence Community Organisation (DCO).   Sponsored by the Harman Welfare Committee, the session was open to all Australian Military and Defence APS members with emphasis on providing information to […]

KAKADU 2014: Navies Conduct Warfare Planning

KAKADU 2014: Navies Conduct Warfare Planning

Over 1,200 military personnel from the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions have completed collaborative, tactical warfare planning during the first week of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime exercise, KAKADU 2014.   From 25 – 29 August 2014, the Harbour Phase of KAKADU 2014 saw regional navies work side by side in Darwin to […]

Australia to Receive P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

Australia to Receive P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

Australian Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston announced the United States Navy has executed an Advanced Acquisition Contract for Australia’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft.   Senator Johnston said this key Defence procurement would allow the withdrawal of the ageing AP-3C Orion fleet, and enable Boeing US to place lead time orders in support of Australia’s first […]

KAKADU Coalition Observers Tour HMAS Stuart

KAKADU Coalition Observers Tour HMAS Stuart

On Tuesday 26 August 2014, HMAS Stuart held a tour for the coalition observers participating in Exercise KAKADU 2014 to familiarise themselves with the ship while it was alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin.   Stuart’s Commanding Officer, Commander Aaron Nye and the ship’s company welcomed the representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, […]

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