In the naval exercise KAKADU 2018, the Indian Navy showed its regional power in Australia as it competed in a multilateral maritime exercise held in Darwin that also saw the participation of navies of 27 other countries.
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Exercise KAKADU 2018 kicked off on Saturday. It initially started in 1993 and is a premier multilateral regional maritime engagement hosted by the Royal Australian Navy and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force.
KAKADU 2018 is a biannual joint exercise taking place both ashore and at sea off the coast of Darwin. The exercise KAKADU derives its name Kakadu National Park which is a protected area in the northern territory of Australia, 171 km south-east of Darwin.
“KAKADU is a biannual joint exercise taking place both ashore and at sea off the coast of Darwin. This year’s exercise involves 27 nations and more than 3000 personnel which represents the largest military commitment to the exercise since it began in 1993,” Royal Australian Navy said in a statement.
INS Sahyadri is taking part in the exercise and the ship was deployed in the South China Sea and Pacific for over four months which included representing the Navy in multinational exercises MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii. On Sunday, the teams participated in sports day where Indian team dominated all the others to lift the KAKADU18 Cup.