A Royal Australian Navy (RAN) maritime task group and the Indian Navy have commenced Exercise AUSINDEX 2019, a major bienial bilateral exercise, in Visakhapatnam, India.
The exercise was first held in India in 2015 with this year’s third iteration to focus on anti-submarine warfare, incorporating maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, and more than 1,200 Australian personnel.
The RAN vessels participating in the exercise are HMAS Canberra (L02), a Canberra-class landing helicopter dock; HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06), an Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate; HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154), an Anzac-class frigate; HMAS Success (OR 304), a Durance-class multi-product replenishment oiler; and HMAS Collins (SSG 73), a Collins-class diesel-electric attack submarine.
The MRH-90 Taipan (NHIndustries NH90) and MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters, embarked on the RAN vessels, along with P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft are also participating in the exercise.
The Indian Navy would be represented by INS Ranvijay (D55), a Rajput-class multi-role destroyer; INS Sahyadri (F49), a Shivalik-class multi-role stealth frigate; INS Kora (P61), a Kora-class missile corvette; INS Kiltan (P30), a Kamorta-class ASW corvette and INS Sindhukirti (S61), a Sindhughosh-class (Kilo-class) diesel-electric attack submarine.
In addition to embarked helicopters such as Seaking Mk 42B and Chetak, the aviation component of the Indian Navy will include Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers and P-8I Poseidon ASW aircraft.
Engagement with India through AUSINDEX is the cornerstone of Australia’s Indo-Pacific Endeavor series this year. Indo-Pacific Endeavour 19 is the Australian Defence Force’s major regional engagement activity and delivers on the promise of the 2016 Defence White Paper to strengthen Australia’s engagement and partnerships with regional security forces.