Royal Australian Navy and Indian Navy warships completed two-day Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the East Indian Ocean region.
• 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.
• In July, the Navy conducted a PASSEX with the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz carrier strike group near the Andaman & Nicobar Islands as it was transiting the Indian Ocean.
The exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices from each other.
It involved advanced surface and anti-air exercises including weapon firing, seamanship exercises, naval manoeuvres and Cross Deck Flying Operations.
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.