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September 16, 2010
regional ties on
everyone involved has performed very
well and gained valuable training and
experiences," CAPT Vandyke said.
During Kakadu the RAN was repre-
sented by HMA Ships Sirius, Success,
Warramunga, Arunta, Toowoomba,
Dechaineux, Collins and Albany.
ON STATION: HMAS Toowoomba
and Japanese Ship Akebono in sta-
tion for a 12.7mm Browning machine
gun firing during Exercise Kakadu.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
IN COMMAND: CO HMAS
Warramunga CMDR Bruce Legge
(left) and LEUT Shannon Murray
(right) oversee LEUT Sam Carman
as he gives conning orders to steer
the ship away from HMAS Sirius
upon completion of a RAS.
By LEUT Emily Kennedy
COMMANDING Officer of HMAS
Warramunga, CMDR Bruce Legge,
took charge of 11 other Navy ves-
sels as part of Commander Task
Group duties during Exercise
The Kakadu task group included
eight RAN vessels, comprising
two submarines, three Anzac-class
frigates, two supply ships and one
Armidale-class patrol boat.
Australian fleet units were joined
by ships from Thailand, Japan and
Singapore, and maritime patrol air-
craft from New Zealand and Japan.
Warramunga, based at Fleet
Base West, was joined in Kakadu
by seven other ships from her home
port, including HMA Ships Arunta,
Toowoomba, Sirius, Collins and
Dechaineaux, making WA-based
ships the forefront of this exercise.
CMDR Legge assured participants
at the opening conference that his
ship was ready for the task at hand.
"It seems like we have been train-
ing and preparing to take on the
role of Commander Task Group for
Kakadu for the past eight months,
including our recent deployment to
RIMPAC," CMDR Legge said.
"We certainly have a challenging
task at hand, managing expectations
and providing the environment for all
participating units to exploit every
"We have a great team assembled
here aboard Warramunga and we are
looking forward to those challenges."
CMDR Legge said he was proud
of his ship's company's efforts during
this period of back-to-back exercises.
"I have been blessed to be given
the opportunity to command a great
ship, with great people and a great
program," he said.
Warramunga is an Anzac-class
frigate with 170 men and women on
board. The ship also has an embarked
Seahawk helicopter whose weapons
and sensors futher enhance its capa-
Warramunga takes command
BANG! HMAS Warramunga conducts a 5-inch firing during Exercise Kakadu 2010.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
Toowoomba at sun-
rise during Exercise
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