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Bridges of Friendship Chief of Royal Australian Navy visit Indian Naval Academy

.         Vice Admiral Timothy W Barrett, Chief of Royal Australian Navy along with Royal Australian Naval (RAN) delegates visited Indian Naval Academy (INA) January 19.. During the visit, the Chief of Royal Australian Navy and accompanying RAN delegates were acquainted with Infrastructure, Academic facilities and training processes at INA.

.         The aim of the visit was to build bridges of friendship between the two navies, exchange best practices and to consolidate and enhance bilateral defense relations between India and Australia. Naval cooperation between India and Australia has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions, training visits, port calls, participation in competitive annual sailing regatta Admirals Cup at INA along with capacity building and capability augmentation initiatives.

.         The visit of Vice Admiral Timothy W Barrett, Chief of Royal Australian Navy along with Royal Australian Naval (RAN) delegates to INA closely follows the successful conclusion of the second edition of biennial Australia-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (AUSINDEX) conducted off West coast of Australia in the Western Australia Exercise Areas (WAXA) from 13 to 19 June 17. Indian Naval Ships Jyoti, Shivalik and Kamorta participated in the exercise. The AUSINDEX was followed by the visit of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship, HMAS Newcastle to Kochi, Kerala from July 04 to 07 last year.

.         The Chief of Royal Australian Navy, during his visit called on Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, AVSM, YSM, NM, Commandant, INA who is an alumnus of the Australian Defence College, Canberra. It was a mutually satisfying and enriching experience for the officers of both Navies and reaffirmed the universal truth that Oceans unite all Nations. The Chief of Royal Australian Navy and RAN delegation departed Indian Naval Academy on January, 19.


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