Fourteenth Exercise Kakadu begins

One of the sports events.

Exercise Kakadu – 2018 is a multilateral regional maritime exercise hosted by the Australian Navy, with the participation of other regional countries. The opening ceremony of Kakadu – 2018 was held on August 31, on board the flagship of the Australian Naval fleet HMAS Canberra (L 02) in Darwin, Australia.

Australian Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Jonathan Dallas Mead graced the occasion as the chief guest. SLNS Sindurala is taking part in the exercise, making it the longest passage for a naval exercise out of the country.

The opening ceremony was graced by high-ranking officers from participant countries. Northwestern Naval Area Commander Rear Admiral Sujeewa Perera was present.

The Sports Day of the Exercise Kakadu – 2018, was conducted at the Darwin Water Front in Australia, last Sunday. Twenty eight teams representing different countries participated in the event, and each team consisted of 12 participants. The challenges included a swim, run, dry obstacle, kayak leg, and wet obstacle.

Team ‘SLNS Sindurala’ secured the third place, with a timing of 7 minutes and 52 seconds. Meanwhile, the Indian team secured the winning position (7 minutes and 25 seconds), and the Philippine Navy were the runners-up (7 minutes and 45 seconds) of the event.

Exercise Kakadu commenced in 1993, and this year’s event was the 14th edition of the exercise. The navy is attending the exercise for the first time since its commencement.

This is the Australian Navy’s premier regional maritime engagement and it includes a harbour phase and sea phase from August 31 to September 15.

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