Updated: 06.09.2021 18:53 IS
New Delhi [India]September 6th (ANI): Indian Navy Task Group consisting of the Indian naval vessels Shivalik and Kadmatt, participates in the 4th edition of AUSINDEX, which began on Monday.
The bilateral sea exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will last until September 10th.
RAN’s Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Warramunga, which participated in exercise MALABAR along with units of the Indian Navy, is also part of the exercise.
A Defense Department press release stated that this edition of AUSINDEX includes complex surface, underground and air operations between ships, submarines, helicopters and long-range sea patrol aircraft of the participating navies.
The Indian naval vessels Shivalik and Kadmatt are the latest indigenous designed and built stealth missile frigates and are part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, stationed in Visakhapatnam under the Eastern Naval Command.
Started in 2015 as a bilateral sea exercise, AUSINDEX has grown in complexity over the years and the 3rd edition of the exercise, which took place in the Bay of Bengal in 2019, included anti-submarine exercises for the first time.
In the fourth edition, the surface units of both countries will train with HMAS Rankin, an Australian Collins-class submarine, the P-8A and F-18A aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force and integrated helicopters from both navies.
The press release said the exercise will provide an opportunity for both Marines to further strengthen interoperability, benefit from best practices, and develop a common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations.
The exercise is said to be a true representation of the common guidelines set out on Jan.
“This important document is aligned with the ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership 2020’ between the two nations and aims to further consolidate the joint commitment to regional and global security challenges in order to promote peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region”, says it in the message.
“The execution of this exercise despite COVID restrictions is also a testimony to the existing synergies between the participating navies,” says the message. (ANI)