Indian-Australian ties strengthened at Creswell

Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author and photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell, ACT

Topic(s): HMAS Creswell, Naval College

Captains Michael Spruce and Brett Chandler discuss training methods with Commodore Dhiren Vig of the Indian Navy at HMAS Creswell. (photo: LCDR Chloe Wootten)
Captains Michael Spruce and Brett Chandler discuss training methods with Commodore Dhiren Vig of the Indian Navy at HMAS Creswell.

There were plenty of pressing training issues to cover, but Australia’s performance in the Ashes was also up for discussion when a delegation from the Indian Navy visited HMAS Creswell last week.

Captain Michael Spruce, Commodore Dhiren Vig (Indian Navy), Captain Brett Chandler and Captain MP Samuel (Indian Navy) at HMAS Creswell.

Captain Michael Spruce, Commodore Dhiren Vig (Indian Navy), Captain Brett Chandler and Captain MP Samuel (Indian Navy) at HMAS Creswell.

Indian Navy Commodore, Dhiren Vig, was accompanied to Jervis Bay by Defence Advisor from the Indian High Commission in Canberra, Captain MP Samuel, to hold discussions with their Royal Australian Navy colleagues about the challenges of training a fighting force.

Creswell is home to the Training Authority – Initial Training, Leadership and Management and the RAN School of Ship Survivability and Safety, and was one of the many stops in the whirlwind tour that included the Training Authority – Aviation at HMAS Albatross, Training Authority – Maritime Warfare at HMAS Watson and visits to HMA Ships Kuttabul and Penguin.

The visit reciprocated a trip to India by the RAN's Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Noonan, in June, and is part of the ongoing relationship between the two navies.

Director Training Authority – Initial Training, Leadership and Management, Captain Brett Chandler said that it was important to identify the parallels in the training systems.

“It is vital that we continue to find ways to improve the training that we deliver, so we can provide the best preparation for life in the Fleet,” he said.

The aim of the visit was to discuss possible training opportunities and find ways to continue sharing best practices and methods.

The visit by the delegation was just one of the many groups that HMAS Creswell hosts annually, with over 200 domestic and international visits facilitated in the past year.