Indian warships arrive for bilateral maritime exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence Media Release (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Location(s): Fremantle

Topic(s): Exercise AUSINDEX, Australian Clearance Diving Team FOUR, HMAS Newcastle (F06), HMAS Waller (S75)

(L-R) Senior Naval Officer Western Australia, Commodore Brett Dowsing, RANR and Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, on the wharf alongside Guided Missile Frigate, Indian Naval Ship Shivalik in the Port of Fremantle. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)
(L-R) Senior Naval Officer Western Australia, Commodore Brett Dowsing, RANR and Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, on the wharf alongside Guided Missile Frigate, Indian Naval Ship Shivalik in the Port of Fremantle.

Three Indian warships sailed into Fremantle to participate in a week-long naval exercise off the Western Australian coast.
 
Exercise Australia India is a regular bilateral maritime exercise aimed at developing a deeper understanding and cooperation between the two navies.
 
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, said the Exercise was a concrete example of India and Australia working more closely together to increase maritime security.
 
“Australian and India share a commitment to a stable and prosperous Indian Ocean region,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
 
“Exercise Australian India is a terrific opportunity to increase our interoperability and enhance the professional interaction of two great navies.
 
“Amidst a very busy operational program for the Indian Navy, I am pleased to welcome their ships to Fremantle and look forward to a challenging and rewarding sea program.
 
“The Exercose is the centrepiece naval exercise held between Australia and India and is an important component of this year’s fleet program,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
 
The exercise will integrate Indian Navy Ships ShivalikJyoti and Kamorta into Royal Australian Navy operations of increasing complexity. The Royal Australian Navy is represented by HMA Ships NewcastleWaller and Clearance Diving Team Four.