The Royal Australian Navy has completed the recent passage exercise with the Indian Navy in the Northeast Indian Ocean.

This exercise showcased the interoperability of the two navies.

RAN’s HMAS Hobart sailed along with the Indian Navy’s INS Sahyadri and Karmuk during the exercise.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said that this demonstrates the relationship between the two countries as comprehensive strategic partners.

Reynolds said: “We continue to enhance our engagement with like-minded countries, such as India, in support of a shared vision for a more secure, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

“Our defence relationship with India is at an historic high point after the Prime Ministers’ Virtual Summit earlier this year, and I look forward to further developing our comprehensive partnership into the future.”

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The ships practiced different naval activities during the exercise, such as combined manoeuvres and surface warfare serials.

It is part of RAN’s Regional Presence Deployment via Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

All participants conducted the activity as per the Covid-19 safety measures.

This exercise is the fourth that India has carried out since June amidst border tensions with China.

The Indian Navy took part in exercises with Russia on 4-5 September.

In July, the US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), along with its Carrier Strike Group (CSG), conducted a Passex with the Indian Navy.

The Indian Navy also expanded its deployment of frontline ships and submarines in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) during the same month.

In June, the Indian and Japanese navies reportedly conducted an exercise in the Indian Ocean.