The Indian Navy has won the coveted Kakadu Cup 2018 in Australia as it participated in a multilateral maritime exercise involving 27 navies. On Sunday, September 2 the teams participated in sports day where the Indian team dominated all the others to clinch the KAKADU18 Cup.

Kakadu exercise is a multilateral maritime engagement hosted by the Royal Australian Navy with support from the Royal Australian Air Force. This biannual joint exercise which started in 1993, took place both ashore and at sea off the coast of Darwin.

The name Kakadu is derived from Kakadu National Park, a protected area in the northern territory of Australia, 171 km south-east of Darwin.“KAKADU 2018 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 represent the largest military commitment to the exercise since it began in 1993,” Royal Australian Navy said in a statement.

INS Sahyadri which took part in the exercise had entered the Port of Darwin on Thursday. The ship was earlier deployed in the South China Sea and Pacific for over four months and represented the Navy in multinational exercises Malabar 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii, PTI reported.

Exercise KAKADU 2018 Preview

Australia’s role as a regional security partner will be highlighted in the coming weeks with Exercise KAKADU beginning today off the Northern Territory. KAKADU is the largest regional maritime exercise of its kind and this year is bigger than ever before – here’s a taste of what’s to come. Visit for further information and links for KAKADU 2018.

Posted by Royal Australian Navy on Thursday, 30 August 2018


After the end of the Cold War, the world’s focus shifted from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean and global powers are eyeing this strategically important region now commonly referred to as the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.


This exercise has been organised to strengthen bilateral relationships and build partnerships to promote "free and open international order".

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