Ties strengthened with Indian Navy

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Topic(s): Exercises, HMAS Hobart (D39), Regional Presence Deployment

HMAS Hobart, foreground, joins Indian Navy Ships Sahyadri, left, and Karmuk to conduct passage exercises in the Northeast Indian Ocean. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)
HMAS Hobart, foreground, joins Indian Navy Ships Sahyadri, left, and Karmuk to conduct passage exercises in the Northeast Indian Ocean.

Australian and Indian warships have recently conducted a two-day passage exercise in the Northeast Indian Ocean.

The Guided Missile Destroyer, HMAS Hobart sailed alongside ships from the Indian Navy INS Sahyadri and Karmuk.

Together they practiced maritime manoeuvres, communication and aviation drills and maritime warfare serials.

HMAS Hobart’s Commanding Officer, Commander Ryan Gaskin, RAN, said the Australian officers and sailors who took part in the exercise enjoyed working alongside their Indian colleagues.

“The last few years have witnessed closer Australia-India maritime relations and we look forward to any opportunity to exercise with the Indian Navy in the future,” Commander Gaskin said.

Commander of the Australian Maritime Task Group, Captain Phillipa Hay, RAN, said improving interoperability between the Australian and Indian navies was important to maintain the positive trajectory of the relationship.

“Navy is committed to ensuring we are able to work seamlessly with all of our partners in the Indo-Pacific in support of our shared vision for the region,” Captain Hay said.

“To achieve this, it is important we train and operate together across different platforms as a matter of routine.”

“Australia and India share a close partnership and shared commitment to maintaining a secure, open, inclusive, and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”

HMA Ships Hobart, StuartArunta and Sirius are part of Regional Presence Deployment 2020, which is focused on engaging with partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

So far the Australian ships have exercised with 11 nations from around the region, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The RAN conducts regular military-to-military engagements throughout the Indo-Pacific each year to foster relationships, share knowledge and enhance its ability to operate with partner nations during security or humanitarian crises.

Imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery: https://images.defence.gov.au/S20203032.