India, Australia begin 4th edition of biennial maritime series ‘AUSINDEX’

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India and Australia on Thursday participated in the fourth iteration of the biennial maritime series ‘AUSINDEX’.

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India and Australia on Thursday participated in the fourth iteration of the biennial maritime series ‘AUSINDEX’.

Navy Australia Chief Michael Noonan, in a tweet, described the maritime exercise as an important opportunity to demonstrate Australia’s ability to conduct high-end maritime warfare training with India and demonstrate a range of ‘Osnavy’ maritime capabilities.

The 4th iteration of the biennial maritime series #AUSINDEX coincides with @indiannavy. This was a momentous occasion to demonstrate the capability of #ourPeople to conduct high-end maritime warfare training with the flag of our Indian counterparts & #AusNavy to demonstrate a range of maritime capabilities,” the Chief of Naval Australia said in a tweet. said.

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Started as a bilateral maritime exercise in 2015, AUSINDEX has grown in complexity over the years and the third edition of the exercise held in the Bay of Bengal in 2019 included anti-submarine exercises for the first time.

In the fourth edition, surface units from both countries will exercise with HMAS Rankin, a Collins class Australian Submarine, Royal Australian Air Force P-8A and F-18A aircraft as well as integral helicopters from both navies.

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The exercise will provide an opportunity to both the navies to further strengthen interoperability, benefit from best practices and develop a common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations, the release said.

First published:September 30, 2021, 5:46 pm

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