The Royal Australian Navy is conducting the multinational maritime exercise, Kakadu 2016, in Darwin, Australia.

Exercise Kakadu 2016 is the 13th iteration of the drill and will include the participation of 19 ships and submarines, 18 aircraft, and more than 3,000 personnel.

To be conducted in two phases, the exercise will allow countries from around the Asia-Pacific region to participate in activities, such as humanitarian assistance missions, search-and-rescue operations, and maritime warfare scenarios.

"Kakadu is a great venue for navies from throughout the world to work together in a multinational training environment."

Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 7 commodore captain HB Le said: "Kakadu is a great venue for navies from throughout the world to work together in a multinational training environment to address shared maritime concerns.

"This year's exercise continues the trend of conducting more multinational maritime exercises in the region, and the training scenarios planned for 2016 will go a long way in increasing the interoperability of all navies participating."

During Kakadu’s sea phase, ships and aircraft from nine navies will train together in various complex warfighting scenarios, such as air defence, gunnery, search-and-rescue, underway replenishment approach, anti-submarine warfare vulnerability training, and divisional tactics exercises.

In this phase, navies from the US, Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, and Singapore will participate.

The harbour phase, which will take place before the sea phase, will allow participants to conduct planning and simulation prior to heading to executing each scenario.

The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) and a P-8A Poseidon maritime-surveillance aircraft, along with staff from Commander, US 7th Fleet; Commander, Task Force 7; and CDS 7 are participating in the exercise.

Liaison officers from Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Tonga, Timor Leste, and Vietnam will coordinate and observe from shore.

Image: The US Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) departs Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Photo: courtesy of US Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles E. White/Released.