Sunday, October 2, 2011

HMAS Diamantina (M 86)

Huon Class Mine Hunter Coastal, HMAS Diamantina departs the HMAS Coonawarra Basin for sea with Malaysian Guided Missile Frigate, KD Jebat 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. (Photo: Australia DoD)

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