Adhering to an old Navy tradition of warships visiting foreign ports engaging with local authorities and dignitaries, the Commanding Officer of HMAS Toowoomba, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, hosted a luncheon during the ship’s visit to Chennai, India.
Joining the Commanding Officer was the Australian Counsel General in Chennai, Ms Susan Grace, and Assistant Defence Attaché, Major Daniel White, from the Australian Embassy in Delhi.
Toowoomba hosted the District Senior Naval Officer, Commodore Vidyanshu Srivastava NM, Regional Coast Guard Commander, Inspector General Paramesh Sivamani PTM TM and Director General Of Police Prateep V Phillip. The local Diplomatic and Official guests enjoyed sampling fine Australian cuisine prepared by Toowoomba’s Maritime Logistics team and learning more of the history behind Royal Australian Navy and Toowoomba.
Commodore Srivastava said that each of the guests was appreciative of the opportunity to visit the ship.
“It has been an honour to visit HMAS Toowoomba and we are very glad to have the ship come to Chennai,” he 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.