The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the signing of the ‘Terms of Reference’ (ToR) with Australia to conduct Navy-to-Navy talks.

It follows the signing of ‘Joint Guidance for the India – Australia Navy-to-Navy Relationship’ between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) last month.

The document is the first of its kind that the Indian Navy has signed with any other country.

The MoD noted that the inaugural N2N talk with Australia was held in 2005.

Since then, the navies of the two nations have continued to maintain a close relationship with each other at all levels.

The Indian MoD said in a statement: “The ‘Joint Guidance’ document sets forth the Navy to Navy (N2N) Talks as the ‘Principal’ medium for the guiding the bilateral relationship.

“‘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 will support the shared commitment between the countries to promoting peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

It enhances mutual understanding of each other’s concerns and future directions and provides detailed guidance for the conduct of N2N talks between the two countries.