Royal Australia Navy (RAN) ship, HMAS Newcastle commanded by Commander MD
Sirois has arrived at Kochi port on July 4 on a four day visit.
On July 04 the Commanding Officer of the visiting RAN Ship accompanied by
Ms. Harinder Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia and Captain Sheldon
Williams, Defence Attache called on Vice Admiral AR Karve AVSM, Flag Officer
Commanding- in- Chief Southern Naval Command (SNC) for interactions on issues
of common interest to both navies. A friendly volleyball match between teams
from SNC and the visiting ship was also played.
During the ship’s stay in harbour, various activities such as guided tour
for Indian Naval personnel onboard HMAS Newcastle, conducted tour of some of
the training units under SNC at Kochi like the Navigation & Direction,
Anti- Submarine Warfare School, Damage Control Training Facility ‘Avinash,’ for
the visiting ship’s crew have been planned.
The crew from the HMAS Newcastle would be also visiting places of interest
at Fort Kochi, Marine Drive and various museums at Kochi. On their departure on
July seventh, the RAN ship is planned to participate in a passage Exercise with
IN Ships off Kochi.
Recently, IN Ships Jyoti, Shivalik and Kamorta from Eastern Fleet had also
visited Freemantle, Australia from 13–17 June and participated in the second
edition of AUSINDEX- 17, a bilateral maritime exercise between the two navies.
The naval cooperation between the two countries is in pursuance of India’s Act
East policy to promote bilateral relations and enhance interoperability between
The visit of the Australian naval ship to Cochin port days before the
Malabar naval exercises are scheduled to start between Indian United states and
Japanese navies is described as a significant development. Australia is understood
have expressed desire to join the Malabar exercises but the decision in this
regard is yet to be taken.