Pacific Naval Exercise Fleet 2,000-Strong Sets Sail
Press ReleaseMonday, September 03, 2012
Operation Kakadu Warships: Photo credit RAN
Fifteen ships with about 2,000 Defence personnel from seven Pacific nations set sail from Darwin Harbour for the military training Exercise Kakadu.
Maritime elements from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will focus on aspects of maritime warfare common to all the forces involved. Over the 19 days of exercising, from 29 August to 14 September, graduated training activities and weapons practices are being conducted, including warfare and maritime security exercises and evolutions.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN, said Exercise Kakadu is the Royal Australian Navy’s principle multilateral exercise in Australia for 2012.
“This is a valuable opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy to develop operational capability and mariner skills in a coalition environment,” Rear Admiral Barrett said. The Royal Australian Navy is represented by the Adelaide Class Frigate HMAS Darwin, the ANZAC Class Frigates HMA Ships Perth and Warramunga, two Mine Hunter Coastals HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon, and the Replenishment Vessel HMAS Sirius. Royal Australian Air Force Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Strike Fighter Aircraft will also take part.
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Duncan takes to the sea
MAIDEN VOYAGE HMS Duncan departs for her first stage of sea trials
Published on Monday 3 September 2012 07:53
THE last of the Royal Navy’s six new Type 45 destroyers has begun sea trials as she prepares to enter service in Portsmouth early next year.
HMS Duncan set sail from BAE Systems’ Scotstoun shipyard to embark on her first stage of sea trials off the west coast of Scotland. During three weeks at sea, she will undergo a trials programme that includes testing her power and propulsion systems.
The ship’s captain, Commander Phil Game, said: ‘Putting to sea for the first time is a significant milestone in the early life of the ship.’
The five previous Type 45s, Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon and Defender, have already been delivered to Portsmouth at a cost of £1bn each.
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US Navy Submarine Tender Arrives In Subic Bay MONDAY, 03 SEPTEMBER 2012 19:52 HENRY EMPEÑO / CORRESPONDENT
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US Navy submarine tender arrives in Subic Bay
MONDAY, 03 SEPTEMBER 2012 19:52 HENRY EMPEÑO / CORRESPONDENT
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—An American warship that provides at-sea support to the US Navy’s attack submarines in the Pacific region arrived here on Monday, coinciding with the start of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 11-day swing of Southeast Asia to push for regional unity in face of increasing Chinese aggressiveness in the area.
According to a statement from the United States Embassy in Manila, the USS Frank Cable (AS-40) docked in this free port “for a routine port call and goodwill visit that highlights the strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.”
Clinton, who is scheduled to meet Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is expected to offer strong US support for a plan to ease tensions over disputed islands in the South China Sea, where China has overlapping claims with other countries, including the Philippines.
Reports also said Clinton will urge Southeast Asian nations to present a united front in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
The US Embassy, however, did not mention any connection between Clinton’s visit and the arrival of USS Frank Cable, and simply said that the ship would be here “to engage with their counterparts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and to allow the crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation.”
The statement released by the embassy’s Information Office also contained an invitation for media representatives join a tour of the ship on Monday, Sept.10, “where they may take photos and conduct interviews with senior officers and crew of the ship.”
The LY Spear-class USS Frank Cable (AS-40) was designed as a submarine tender for the nuclear-powered, fast-attack Los Angeles-class submarines, which are said to form the backbone of the US Navy’s submarine force.
The 664-foot, 23,000-ton “warship that fixes warships” can provide food, fuel, weapons, and other supplies to submarines, while carrying a full array of maintenance equipment and personnel.
The ship is home-ported at the Apra Harbor in Guam, where it was assigned after refitting to replace the USS Holland in the Western Pacific as Commander Seventh Fleet’s mobile repair and support platform.
It is now one of the only two submarine tenders in the US Military Sealift Command’s 26-vessel Special Mission Ships Program.
In Photo: The submarine tender USS Frank Cable docks at the Alava Wharf in the Subic Bay Freeport for what is described as a routine port call and goodwill visit. (Henry Empeño)