The Joint Guidance would serve as a guideline document to showcase intent of both the navies to work together bilaterally, multilaterally

The Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy on Wednesday signed a document called ‘A ‘Joint Guidance for the Australia – India Navy to Navy Relationship,’ which will help both navies in developing mutual understanding, cooperate for regional security, collaborate in mutually beneficial activities and to develop interoperability.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the signing ceremony was held virtually between Adm Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy and Vice Admiral Michael J Noonan, Chief of Navy, Australian Navy.

The document is aligned to the ‘2020 Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ agreed by the Prime Ministers and aims to ensure shared approaches to regional and global security challenges.

The highlights of the document include close cooperation in regional and multilateral fora, including Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and Expert Working Groups subordinate to the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus framework.

Bilateral defence relations between India and Australia have strengthened over the years. ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement, conduct of trilateral Maritime Security Workshop and RAN participation in Exercise MALABAR are significant milestones which underline the role played by both Navies in bolstering this relationship in recent times.

The document would be pivotal in consolidating the shared commitment to promote peace, security, stability and prosperity in the Indo - Pacific region.