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India-Oz (Australia) First Naval Exercise: AUSINDEX 15
Sep 19, 2015

India and Australia conducted their first bilateral naval exercise that was focused on anti-submarine warfare as the two countries look at deepening defence cooperation especially in the Indian Ocean. AUSINDEX-15 was conducted off the east coast of India from September 11-19.

  • The maritime exercise is a tangible sign that will strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries as envisaged in the Framework for Security Co-operation announced by the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers in 2014.

  • The week-long bilateral maritime exercise comprised Royal Australian Navy ships Sirius (fleet tanker), Arunta (Anzac class frigate), and (Collins class submarine).

  • The Indian Navy was represented by INS Shivalik (stealth frigate), INS Ranvijay (guided missile destroyer) and INS Shakti (fleet tanker).

  • One Royal Australian air force P3C Orion surveillance aircraft and Indian Navy's P8I maritime patrol aircraft was operated from Chennai during the exercise.

  • The exercise was aimed at strengthening professional interaction, both in harbour and at sea and would be a start for attaining interoperability between the two navies.

  • Both navies have a mutual interest in promoting peace and prosperity in the Indian Ocean and this is a natural progress of Navy-to-Navy relationship, given shared maritime security interests.

  • The exercise was started with a harbour phase encompassing briefings and practical demonstrations along with professional interactions. 

  • This was progressed to a sea phase which included Fleet manoeuvers, gun firings as well as coordinated anti-submarine exercises.

  • The AUSINDEX would be a biennial event intended to strengthen maritime cooperation between the two countries and further the ability to undertake regional joint and/or combined operations such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


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