Recently, INS Satpura and a P8 I Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the Indian Navy reached Darwin in Australia, for participation in the multinational Exercise Kakadu – 2022, hosted by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
About Exercise Kakadu
- Exercise Kakadu 2022 or KA22 will be held in Darwin, Australia.
- The exercise Kakadu is the RAN’s flagship biennial regional International engagement activity and has grown in size and complexity since its inception in 1993.
- The exercise is held biennially in Darwin and the Northern Australian Exercise Areas (NAXA).
- It derives its name from Kakadu National Park, which is a protected area in the northern territory of Australia, 171 km south-east of Darwin.
- It is a two-week-long exercise, both in harbour and sea, involving ships and maritime aircraft from 14 navies.
The theme for this year’s Exercise Kakadu 2022 is ‘Partnership, Leadership, Friendship’
- During the harbour phase of the exercise, the ship’s crew will engage in operational planning interactions and sports activities with the participating naval forces.
- During the exercise, professional exchanges in harbour and diverse range of activities at sea, including complex surface, sub-surface and air operations would enable sharing of best practices and honing of operational skills.
- More than 30 aircraft and around 3000 personnel from more than 20 countries participated in Exercise Kakadu.
- KA22 is held by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and supported by Royal Australian Air Force.
About INS Satpura
- INS Satpura is a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate that has better stealth and land attack capabilities than the Talwar-class frigates.
- The stealth frigate was built at the Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
- It was inducted into the Eastern Naval Command headquartered at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Other Military Exercises with Australia
- Exercise Pitch Black
- Malabar Exercise