Indian Naval ship Sahyadri Reaches Darwin for Exercise KAKADU 2018

August 30, 2018 – After having been deployed to the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean for over four months, which included representing Indian Navy in multinational exercises MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii, INS Sahyadri entered the Port of Darwin, Australia on 29 Aug 18 to participate in Exercise KAKADU 2018. Exercise KAKADU, which started in…

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Two foreign fishing vessels apprehended east of Ashmore Island

Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force (ABF), and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), have apprehended two Indonesian fishing vessels in the Timor Sea, approximately 100 nautical miles east of the Ashmore Islands. On 19 April 2018, an ABF Dash-8 aircraft conducting surveillance in the area located the vessels approximately one nautical mile inside…

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ADF stands up Joint Task Force to help cyclone recovery

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has established a Joint Task Force (JTF) in response to a request from the Northern Territory Government for further assistance to aid recovery efforts in the cyclone affected communities of Darwin and Palmerston. The JTF is the whole-of -Defence emergency response to support to the clean-up following Tropical Cyclone Marcus on 17 March. The JTF…

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Royal Navy and Royal Marines join major French deployment

Around 40 Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel and two Wildcat helicopters have joined the French naval task force, Jeanne D’Arc, for a five-month mission. The ship’s port calls will include Jakarta, Bali, Darwin, Saigon and Singapore. British personnel will take part in amphibious exercises and Defence Engagement. This builds on the UK’s very successful participation in last year’s Jeanne…

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First Lady in Darwin for final visit

HMAS Darwin has sailed into her namesake port on her final visit after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway. Following a two month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Australian Navy’s most senior warship stopped into farewell Darwin before she completes her passage to Sydney for decommissioning at the end of the year.…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group ships arrive in Darwin

HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba, from the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 will arrive in Darwin Harbour today, en route to the Indo-Pacific region. With six ships and over 1300 personnel, Indo-Pacific Endeavour is the largest coordinated task group to deploy to the region for over 40 years. On 4 September, HMA Ships Adelaide, Darwin,…

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Darwin’s submarine commemorated

  February 21, 2017 – A plaque is to be placed near Darwin’s Casuarina Cliffs to commemorate the sinking of a Japanese submarine during the Second World War. Submarine I-124 was sunk by the Australian Bathurst class corvette HMAS Deloraine on 20 January 1942. A reception was held on 17 February at Darwin’s Parliament House, where a replica of the plaque was unveiled by the Japanese Ambassador to Australia,…

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Early start for Aussie Rules Women

February 2, 2017 – Surrounded by some of the nation’s best Australian Rules Football players, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Rhiannon Metcalfe felt in her best form before a pre-season trial match with the Adelaide Crows on 14 January in Darwin. One of four Australian Defence Force members selected in the national women’s league draft, 25-year old Leading Seaman Metcalfe said…

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