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Indian-Australian Navy Bilateral Maritime Exercise AUSINDEX-15 started

Sep 14, 2015 12:19 IST

Indian and Australian Navy Bilateral Maritime Exercise AUSINDEX-15 kicked off the East Coast of India on 11 September 2015. The nine-day exercise will conclude on 19 September 2015.

The exercise was jointly inaugurated by Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, Head Navy Capability Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet onboard INS Shivilak at Visakhapatnam.

The maritime exercise seeks to strengthen defence co-operation between the two countries as envisaged in the Framework for Security Co-operation announced by the Indian and Australian Indian Prime Ministers in 2014.

Further, the exercise will also help strengthen professional interaction, both in harbour and at sea and would be a start for attaining interoperability between the two navies. It will also strengthen the ability to undertake regional joint and/or combined operations such as Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

The Exercise will see participation of RAN ships HMAS Sirius (Fleet tanker), HMAS Arunta (Anzac class frigate), and HMAS Sheean (Collins class submarine) from the Australian side.

On the other hand, the Indian Navy will be represented by INS Shivalik (stealth frigate), INS Ranvijay (guided missile destroyer) and INS Shakti (Fleet tanker).

In addition, one Royal Australian Air Force P3C Orion surveillance aircraft and Indian Navy’s P8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft will operate from Chennai during the exercise.

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