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Tonga joins the Kakadu Exercise in Australia

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 31/08/2018

The Voea Neiafu, with 21 crew members from His Majesty’s Armed Forces, has arrived in Darwin Australia to join Kakadu Exercise, a regional maritime exercise hosted by the Australian Navy.

This is the first time for Tonga to take part in the Kakadu Exercise with the VOEA Neiafu being captained by Lieutenant Commander Semisi Tapueluelu.

The Commander for the Tonga Navy – Commander Heiss Fonohema says Kakadu Exercise is the largest maritime exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Commander Fonohema says 20 ships, submarines, and aircrafts from 27 countries will be joining this year’s exercise.

The commander believes this is an important exercise which fosters and strengthens effective security and humanitarian partnerships across the Indo-Pacific region, and will also help with the Tongan Navy’s missions in the maritime security of the country.

Exercise Kakadu began in 1993 and is conducted biennially.

This year’s exercise officially began on the 30th of August and will end on the 15th of September.

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