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AUSINDEX 2019: 3rd India-Australia Naval exercise begins

Date: 03 April 2019 Tags: Military Exercises

The third edition of AUSINDEX, an acronym for Australia India Exercise commenced off the coast of Vishakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal. The aim of this edition of exercise is to strengthen and enhance mutual cooperation and interoperability between Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy (RAN). It also seeks to provide opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between personnel of the two navies.

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  • It will involve exercises in all three dimensions with special focus on anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
  • It will feature reconnaissance and attack aircraft, warships and submarines from both sides.
  • It will be most complex and largest naval exercise at high end between navies two countries which have established comprehensive strategic partnership between them.
  • It will see participation of over 1,000 Australian defence personnel, four Royal Australian Navy ships. It includes HMAS (Her Majesty’s Australian Ship) Canberra, HMAS Success, HMAS Newcastle, HMAS Parramatta. Besides, conventional submarine HMS Collins is also participating.
  • It will be Australia’s largest display of its defence assets since 1947. There will be the deployment of Australian personnel on Indian ships and vice versa.
  • Both countries will also deploy P-8I aircraft and P-8A aircraft, which are long-range anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircrafts capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations.

Background

The bilateral naval exercise between both countries was announced in 2014 as efforts of both countries to strengthen bilateral and defence cooperation as envisaged in Framework for Security Cooperation (FSC) signed in 2014. It is held biennial (every two years) at either country.  The first edition of this exercise was held in September 2015 at Visakhapatnam, India. Second edition was held in June 2017 off Freemantle coast, Australia.

India-Australia Defence Cooperation

Defence cooperation between both countries builds upon long history of cooperation – including shared experiences in trenches of World War I in Gallipoli and along Western Front – Australia. Both countries have positive defence relationship underpinned by 2006 Memorandum of Defence Cooperation and 2009 Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation.  However, post 2014 bilateral FSC. defence and security cooperation between two countries has gained significant momentum and is witnessing conscious and focussed enhancements