The Australian High Commissioner for India, Harry O ‘Farrell, visited the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam on Monday. The High Commissioner and his delegation interacted with Vice Admiral B. Dasgupta, Chief of Staff, East Navy Command, as part of his visit to the State.
The High Commissioner highlighted areas of compatibility between India and Australia and the need to further enhance cooperation between the two countries. Enhancing maritime and naval cooperation to further enhance defense relations was also discussed. Considerations include the current regional and global security environment.
The High Commissioner also visited Indian Navy original stealth frigate INS Shivalik where he interacted with Rear Admiral Tarun Sobti, Flag Officer of the Eastern Fleet Command. The delegation was shown the ability of the ship. The High Commissioner expressed his appreciation for the steps taken by India in their efforts to indigenize. He then visited the Damage Control Simulator at INS Vishwakrama.
India and Australia are poised to enhance defense cooperation in sea, air and land warfare through regular bilateral and multilateral exercises between defense forces. The Indian and Australian navies train together in April 2019, during AUSINDEX, a biannual naval exercise. The Royal Australian Navy is also participating in the latest edition of the Malabar exercise in November 2020 after an interval of 13 years which marks the strong relationship between QUAD members.
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