India-Australia maritime exercise set to begin

RSTV Bureau
Rear Adm. Biswajit Dasgupta FOCEF being received by Cmde Brett Dowsing Sr Officer Western Australia

Rear Adm. Biswajit Dasgupta FOCEF being received by Cmde Brett Dowsing Sr Officer Western Australia

AUSINDEX-17, a bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia will be held in Australia between June 13 and June 17.

In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, Eastern Fleet are on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean.

Indian Naval Ships JyotiShivalik and Kamorta are on a port visit to Freemantle in Australia. Several senior officials from the Eastern Naval Command including Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding are visiting Freemantle for the exersice.

India’a participation in the exercise looks to ensure good order in the maritime domain and strengthen the existing bonds between India and Australia. The two countries share a rich history and a strategic relationship as a number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in various spheres.

This is the second edition of the exercise with the maiden edition having been conducted at Visakhapatnam in 2015. The exercise aims to increase interoperability and is in consonance with the growing cooperation between the two countries.

Various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned.

In April this year, Australian Prime Minister Malcom TurnbuII visited India and called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks to enhance mutual partnership.

Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities.

Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. These include INS Shivalik, a muIti-role stealth frigate, INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette and the fleet replenishment tanker, INS Jyoti.