India, Australia to kick off naval exercise in eastern Indian Ocean
NEW DELHI: India is set to kick off a two-day naval exercise with Australia in the eastern Indian Ocean, in what constitutes some additional strategic signaling after similar exercises with the US and Japan in the region amid the ongoing military confrontation with China in Ladakh.
The exercise, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, will see Australian destroyer HMAS Hobart participating in the exercise with Indian stealth frigate INS Sahyadri and corvette INS Karmuk.
The exercise will also include helicopters from the two navies, while India will also deploy a P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft. “The exercise, aimed at enhancing interoperability, will include advanced surface and anti-air exercises including weapon firings, seamanship exercises, naval manoeuvres and cross-deck flying operations,” said Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal.
“Such PASSEXs (passage exercises) are regularly conducted by the Indian Navy with units of friendly foreign navies, while visiting each other’s ports or during a rendezvous at sea,” he said.
“This exercise reflects the growing strength of India-Australian bilateral relations as comprehensive strategic partners, particularly in defence cooperation in the maritime domain,” he added.
While Japan has become a regular participant in the high-voltage “Malabar” naval combat exercise between India and the US since 2015, India is yet to take the final decision to include Australia in the 24th edition of the wargames later this year.
Again a very nice move by India. As a common people of India, we hope that QUAD may also be formed soon.
Expell china from UNO. Lets stop all the bussiness with china from all the countries. Thats the only way we should treat with china.
no more exercises we want execution of China
India shall definitely invite Australia for Malabar Exercises.
Now will be good time to Test Agni VI - As India was worried of US Sanctions ! As the China is gone Berserk, Test Launch Now "Chinese will take India Seriously"
Good move by the Indian go nment.
as Nehru done a mistake. I hope modi will not.
Quad must be strengthened further . all the four participants must together conduct such exercises , once in three months at different locations in Pacific Ocean as well as Indian Ocean.
Pramod Kumar Patra
We have to strengthen our strategies so as to give befitting reply to our enemies.
boycott their products as it will not only save $’s but will also put pressure on india Inc to invest in R& D produce quality products!
Gand Soong Lee's Chinky army is no match for the battle hardened Powerful Indian army.
India must not withdraw troops from the border even if there's a Status quo agreement between India and China. The army should create permanent infrastructure for maintaining troops along the entire border with China.
India should be wary of the fact that none of these white developed countries going to come to its rescue if a war breaks out between India and China. They want to use India for their proxy war with China on Indian soil.
Now China will repent.
The next exercise should be with India, US, Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Vietnam, South Korea and TAIWAN. It is clear.
India should not trust China completely and also not lower it's Guard against China.
Another Master stroke by modiji