6 June 2015 5:40 PM AEST: Two Indian Navy ships that have been conducting training and security patrols throughout the Indian Ocean arrived at Fremantle in Western Australia on Thursday for a goodwill visit to Australia.
The two ships, INS Satpura and INS Kamorta, were to be open to the public today (6 June) for a close and personal look at the modern day naval vessels. It is noteworthy that INS Kamorta is India’s first indigenously-built stealth Anti-submarine Warfare Corvette.
“Royal Australian Navy personnel based at HMAS Stirling visited the ships in the Port of Fremantle to welcome the Indian sailors and participated in several friendly sporting events and combined navy musical performances” a press release by Australia’s Department of Defece said on June 4.
A press release by the Indian Navy said the visit is “in consonance with India’s ‘Look East and ‘Act East’” policy. Four Indian Navy ships of the Eastern Fleet are on an operational deployment to South Indian Ocean and South China Sea since mid-May 2015.
According to the Department of Defence, the arrival of the two Indian Navy ships coincides with a visit by the Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Satish Soni who also is in Perth to hold discussions and make preparations ahead of the Royal Australian Navy’s first bilateral maritime exercise with India.
The exercise will be held in September in the Eastern Fleet exercise areas off the east coast of India.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said the exercise was a significant step forward in the bilateral relationship and reflected the maturing defence relationships of both countries.
“As one of our highly valued security partners we welcome the visit by Vice Admiral Soni, Rear Admiral Singh, and the officers and sailors of Indian Navy Ships Satpura and Kamorta, as we continue to strengthen close bond between the navies of India and Australia,” VADM Barrett said.
“It is important to regional security that we take every opportunity to engage with our neighbours in training activities and exchanges to further strengthen our cooperation and understanding,” Mr Barrett said, “India and Australia have been working collaboratively to develop confidence‑building measures under the auspices of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium and we look forward to continuing this work into the future,” he further added.