Indian Navy undertakes two-day Passage Exercise with Australian Navy from today
The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices from each other
The Indian Navy is undertaking a two-day Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the East Indian Ocean Region from Wednesday.
The exercise involves participation of HMAS Hobart from the Australian side and Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Karmuk. In addition, an Indian MPA and helicopters from both sides are participating in the exercise.
The exercise, aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices from each other, involves advanced surface and anti-air exercises including weapon firings, seamanship exercises, naval manoeuvres and Cross Deck Flying Operations.
PASSEXs are regularly conducted by the Indian Navy with units of friendly foreign navies, whilst visiting each other’s ports or during a rendezvous at sea.
This exercise being conducted in the East Indian Ocean Region, reflects the growing strength of Indo-Australian bilateral relations as comprehensive strategic partners, particularly in defence cooperation in the maritime domain.
The exercise, which is in keeping with the strong bond shared by the two navies, is seen as another step towards strengthening Indo-Australia defence relations and the continued efforts of both governments to work closely to enhance safety and security of the global commons in accordance with international regulations.
The two navies have built a robust relationship through regular exercises such as AUSINDEX conducted biennially. In the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise is conducted strictly as a ‘non-contact activity’ and will not involve any physical contact between the participating personnel of the two navies.