The naval cooperation between the two countries is in pursuance of India’s Act East policy to promote bilateral relations and enhance interoperability.
Chief of Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy W Barrett, along with Royal Australian Naval (RAN) delegates visited Indian Naval Academy (INA) on January 19. They were acquainted with infrastructure, academic facilities, training processes and the aim of the visit was to build bridges of friendship between the two navies, exchange best practices and to consolidate and enhance bilateral defence relations between India and Australia.
Naval cooperation between India and Australia has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions, training visits, port calls, participation in competitive annual sailing regatta Admirals Cup at INA along with capacity building and capability augmentation initiatives.
The visit of Vice Admiral Barrett, closely follows the successful conclusion of the second edition of biennial Australia-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (AUSINDEX) conducted off West coast of Australia in the Western Australia Exercise Areas (WAXA) from 13 to 19 June 2017.
The naval cooperation between the two countries is in pursuance of India’s Act East policy to promote bilateral relations, enhance interoperability and is reflective of the growing level of cooperation between both navies.