Monday, September 19, 2011

HMPNGS Seeadler (P03)

Papua New Guinean Pacific Class Patrol Boat HMPNGS Seeadler, departs the HMAS Coonawarra Basin for sea with HMPNGS Seeadler in the background. Ships depart Fort Hill Wharf in Darwin and the HMAS Coonawarra Basin for the two week sea phase of Exercise Kakadu. Two thousand sailors and airmen from nine nations are gearing up in northern Australia for Exercise Kakadu IX, an important international Defence exercise. The 19 day exercise will bring together Defence personnel from Australia, New Zealand, the French Armed Forces - New Caledonia (FANC), Singapore, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Japan and Thailand; with observers from the Philippines, Indonesia and India. Exercise Kakadu IX is a multilateral exercise aimed at developing interoperability in maritime operations in an international environment. It is the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) premier international engagement activity for 2008 and will take place in the Northern Australian Exercise Area off Darwin. The exercise aims to improve the Australian Defence Force’s ability to work with international naval forces in maritime contingency operations and evolutions, and will test the effectiveness of participating assets. (Photo: RAN)

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