Three Indian Navy warships in Australia for “Exercise Australia India”

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Personnel from Fleet Base West Port Services stand at the ready as Guided Missile Frigate, Indian Naval Ship Shivalik, comes alongside the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia, as a part of Exercise AUSINDEX 2017 I Source: Department of Defense

15 June 2017: Indian Navy (IN) warships Shivalik, Jyoti and Kamorta are in Australia this week to participate in a joint exercise with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The weeklong bilateral maritime exercise is part of AUSINDEX – Exercise Australia India.

AUSINDEX 2017 is the second iteration of the bilateral navy activity between RAN and IN. It was first held in India in 2015.

AUSINDEX will be conducted from 13 to 19 June and will be integrating HMA Ships Newcastle and Waller as well as Clearance Diving Team Four with Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kamorta into RAN operations, Department of Defense said in a press release.

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(R-L) Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, speaks with Senior Naval Officer Western Australia, Commodore Brett Dowsing, RANR, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, and Defence Advisor Chetan Chandegave, on board Guided Missile Frigate, Indian Naval Ship Shivalik, in the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia I Source: Department of Defense

The exercise is expected to provide opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between the personnel of IN and RAN.

Sea phase of the exercise will be conducted off the West Australian Exercise Areas (WAXA) while the shore phase events will be conducted in a variety of locations in the vicinity of HMAS Stirling and Fremantle.

In a press release by the Department of Defense, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer said AUSINDEX 17 was a concrete example of India and Australia working more closely together to increase maritime security.

“Australian and India share a commitment to a stable and prosperous Indian Ocean region,” Rear Admiral Mayer said, adding, “AUSINDEX is a terrific opportunity to increase our interoperability and enhance the professional interaction of two great navies.”

The joint exercise will integrate the Indian Navy ships into Royal Australian Navy operations of increasing complexity. The RAN is represented by HMA Ships Newcastle, Waller and Clearance Diving Team Four, the press release said.

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Indian Naval Ship Kamorta, coming alongside the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia, as a part of Exercise AUSINDEX 2017 I Source: Department of Defense

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