HMAS Arunta has hosted both Indian and Australian dignitaries, plus naval personnel from both countries at an an official reception as part of AUSINDEX15.
Australian High Commissioner to India, Mr Patrick Suckling, Head Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathon Mead, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, and Indian and consulate officials attended, the event in Visakhapatnam, India.
The visit to India is important for both Defence and international relations by improving the interoperability of the Royal Australian and Indian Navies while strengthening our national ties.
During the reception, the guests were served with traditional Australian h'ourderves prepared and served by Arunta’s culinary experts. Head Chef for the evening was Leading Seaman Walt Miller.
"I really look forward to catering for events such as this as it is a great opportunity to showcase the team’s talent," he said.
A ceremonial sunset specifically devised for the event concluded the evening with typical Aussie panache.
Sub Lieuitenant Yaroslav Sakov was the guard commander for the ceremony.
"It was rewarding experience leading the men and women of Arunta in such a memorable and important occasion for the two countries," he said.
For HMAS Arunta’s Assistant Marine Engineering Officer Lieutenant Dhananjay Gangurde, the reception took on more significance as his parents and brother were able to travel up from Mumbai to attend the reception.
"It was a great honour for my family to meet the Commanding Officer and ship mates in HMAS Arunta," he said.
"To be able to show my family first-hand my role in the Royal Australian Navy was such a proud moment for me.”
The three Australian units sailed from Visakhapatnam on 16 September to commence the sea phase of the inaugural bieniial maritime exercise.
Additional imagery is also available at: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20152575.