INS Sumitra visits Darwin, Australia
INS Sumitra visits Darwin, Australia

In pursuit of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and outreach to friendly countries, the Indian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel Sumitra, reached Darwin, Australia on December 6. The ship on a three-day visit from December 6-9, was on her return passage to India after participating in the Royal New Zealand Navy International Naval Review 2016. The ship had earlier visited Sydney from 4-7 November 2016.

The visit to Australia is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing maritime security cooperation between the two countries. During the stay in harbour, various activities were performed towards enhancing cooperation and mutual understanding between the two navies such as professional interactions with RAN and discussions towards further enhancing inter-operability. In addition, calls on senior government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices were also undertaken.


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