Defence Current Affairs 2018

Rapid Trident: Ukraine conducts joint military exercises with NATO nations

Ukraine has launched annual joint military exercise named Rapid Trident with United States and other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) member countries. The exercise will place in western Ukrainian village of Starychi from September 2 to 15, 2018. Its main goal is to practice countering armed aggression in conditions of the hybrid war. It is being conducted week before Russia holds its biggest military exercise Vostok-2018 since Cold War, in eastern part of the country and with participation of China and Mongolia.

Rapid Trident Exercise 2018

The exercise is composed of multinational, brigade-level, computer-assisted command post exercise, that is ntegrated with battalion-level field training exercise, and platoon-level situational training exercise. It will see participation of around 2,200 soldiers (all having combat experience) from 14 countries including the UK, Canada, Georgia, Turkey, Poland and Germany. During this exercise, armored vehicles, aviation units and around 350 pieces of military equipment will be used. It will also for first time will see participation of Ukrainian Border Guard Service and National Guard troops.

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Exercise KAKADU 2018: INS Sahyadri reaches Port Darwin in Australia

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri has reached Port of Darwin, Australia to participate in multilateral regional maritime exercise KAKADU 2018 conducted by Australia. The ship was earlier deployed in South China Sea and Pacific Ocean for over four months and had represented Indian Navy in multinational exercises MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii.

Exercise KAKADU

It is premier multilateral regional maritime engagement hosted by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and supported by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). It was started in 1993. It is held biennially in Darwin and Northern Australian Exercise Areas (NAXA). Exercise KAKADU derives its name from Kakadu National Park, which is  protected area in the northern territory of Australia and located 171 km south-east of Darwin.

KAKADU 2018

KAKADU 2018 is fourteenth edition of exercise scheduled to be held between August 29 and September 18, 2018. It is aimed at enhancing inter-operability and development of common understanding of procedures for maritime operations.  It will see participation of 23 warships, one submarine, 45 aircraft, 250 marines and approximately 52 foreign staff from over 25 different countries including India and China.

During the exercise, professional exchanges in harbour and diverse range of activities at sea, including complex surface, sub-surface and air operations will be conducted for sharing of best practices and honing of operational skills. Indian Navy’s participation in KAKADU-18 will provide it opportunity to engage with regional partners and undertake multinational maritime activities ranging from constabulary operations to high-end maritime warfare in combined environment.

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