Toowoomba strengthens bond with host nation

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Location(s): Chennai, India, Chennai, India

Topic(s): HMAS Toowoomba (F156), Volleyball

HMAS Toowoomba members, Indian Navy members from INS Adyar and spectators gather together on the completion of a friendly volleyball match at Indian Navy Base INS Adyar, Chennai. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)
HMAS Toowoomba members, Indian Navy members from INS Adyar and spectators gather together on the completion of a friendly volleyball match at Indian Navy Base INS Adyar, Chennai.

The Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate, HMAS Toowoomba has conducted a port visit to Chennai, India.

The ship’s visit was hosted by the regional base Indian Navy Ship (INS) Adyar where teams from both units gathered to play volleyball.

The Toowoomba team lead by the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Jason Grivas, combined with the Indian Navy team to create two mixed sides to compete in the early morning activity.

The humidity had no impact on the enthusiasm of both teams and a competitive streak was strong in each side.

Lieutenant Commander Grivas said that the local Navy members added their prowess to the stamina of the Australian Navy group and the combined teams appreciated the challenge and skills on display.

“This has been a terrific morning of sport and is a demonstration of how activities like this build bonds with our host nation,” he said.

Following the friendly match, both teams exchanged caps and the Indian Navy hosted an impressive spread of breakfast Samosas and sandwiches for the teams to enjoy.

The Commanding Officer of INS Adyar, Captain Sumbar was one of the strong crowd of spectators enjoying the early morning event.

“I am very proud to host HMAS Toowoomba today and have greatly enjoyed the camaraderie on display with this volleyball game,” Captain Sumbar said.

HMAS Toowoomba is conducting the port visit to Chennai as part of an East Asian Deployment prior to joining in with Navies from seven nations to take part in Exercise LA PEROUSE in the Indian Ocean.

Additional imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20191194.