The Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy demonstrated their interoperability during a recent passage exercise in the north-east Indian Ocean.
CAPTION: HMAS Hobart joins Indian Navy Ship Karmuk to conduct passage exercises in the north-east Indian Ocean. Photo by Leading Seaman Christopher Szumlanski.
HMAS Hobart sailed in company with INS Sahyadri and Karmuk, highlighting the close working relationship between the Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy.
The naval engagement provided both nations with an opportunity to practice a range of naval activities, including combined manoeuvres and surface-warfare serials.
The passage exercise is part of the Royal Australian Navy’s Regional Presence Deployment through Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the successful exercise with India reflected the strength of the countries’ relationship as comprehensive strategic partners.
“We continue to enhance our engagement with like-minded countries, such as India, in support of a shared vision for a more secure, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Our Defence relationship with India is at an historic high point after the Prime Ministers’ virtual summit earlier this year, and I look forward to further developing our comprehensive partnership into the future.”