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Exercise KAKADU 18: Fiji Navy Commanders Join Crew of RFNS Kikau

Exercise KAKADU 18: Fiji Navy Commanders Join Crew of RFNS Kikau
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN, welcomes Commander Ledua Yaco, of the Fijian Navy, to a bilateral meeting prior to the commencement of Exercise Kakadu in Darwin, Northern Territory.
September 06
12:46 2018

Maritime Commander of the Republic of Fiji Navy, Commander Ledua Yaco, and Operations Officer, CMDR Timoci Natuva, have joined the Officers and crew of RFNS Kikau in Darwin this week to mark the start of Exercise KAKADU 18.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN, welcomes Commander Ledua Yaco, of the Fijian Navy, to a bilateral meeting prior to the commencement of Exercise Kakadu in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN, welcomes Commander Ledua Yaco, of the Fijian Navy, to a bilateral meeting prior to the commencement of Exercise Kakadu in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Exercise KAKADU is a joint-enabled, biennial exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. KAKADU is Australia’s largest maritime exercise and aims to foster and strengthen effective security and humanitarian partnerships across the Indo-Pacific region through a series of training and engagement activities. Exercise KAKADU, held from 30 August to 15 September 2018, will involve 23 ships and submarines, 21 aircrafts and more than 3,000 personnel and observers from 27 nations.

Senior naval officers from Exercise Kakadu participating nations listen to Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN, deliver his keynote address at the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Building in Darwin.

Senior naval officers from Exercise Kakadu participating nations listen to Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN, deliver his keynote address at the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Building in Darwin.

This is the first time that Fiji has participated in the rapidly growing multinational exercise. Commanders Yaco and Natuva attended the opening ceremony onboard the Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Canberra and the Fleet Commanders Conference, before witnessing the KAKADU Sports Day, which saw the valiant crew of the Kikau battling all nations throughout a novel water-borne obstacle course. Whilst the result was less typical of Fiji’s normal prowess on the rugby field, they nonetheless put in a huge effort that belied the size of the crew in the face of competition from some much larger teams.

 

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Sailors from HMAS Canberra (burgundy and blue shirts) and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Exercise Kakadu 2018 Ocean Warrior Challenge held at Darwin's Waterfront.

Sailors from HMAS Canberra (burgundy and blue shirts) and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Exercise Kakadu 2018 Ocean Warrior Challenge held at Darwin’s Waterfront.

International participants of Exercise Kakadu 2018 take part in a smoking ceremony on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during the official opening of Exercise Kakadu 2018, in Darwin.

International participants of Exercise Kakadu 2018 take part in a smoking ceremony on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during the official opening of Exercise Kakadu 2018, in Darwin.

RFNS Kikau will sail from Darwin tomorrow to commence the sea phase of the exercise. Wishing the crew fair winds and following seas.

Source: Australian High Commission Fiji.

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