Indian and Australian navies to undertake two-day PASSEX workout routines in Indian Ocean

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New Delhi: The Indian and the Australian navies will undertake Passage Exercise or PASSEX workout routines on September 23-24 within the Indian Ocean. From the Indian facet, Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Karmuk might be current and Australia might be represented by HMAS Hobart.

Australia is the third nation, since June, with which India will conduct the workout routines. The first was with US Navy’s USS Nimitz and the second was the Russian Navy. 

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India and Australia in the previous couple of months have elevated cooperation, particularly defence engagement. An Indian Navy assertion stated, the workout routines, “reflect the growing strength of Indo-Australian bilateral relations as comprehensive strategic partners, particularly in defence cooperation in the maritime domain”.

The assertion added, “The exercise, which is in keeping with the strong bond shared by the two navies, would be another step towards strengthening Indo-Australia defence relations and the continued efforts of both the governments to work closely to enhance safety and security of the global commons in accordance with international regulations.”

Indian Navy stated, “The exercise, aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices from each other, would involve advanced surface and anti-air exercises including weapon firings, seamanship exercises, naval manoeuvres and Cross Deck Flying Operations.”

The workout routines taking place within the backdrop of COVID-19 disaster might be ‘non-contact activity’ and wouldn’t contain any bodily contact between the taking part personnel of the 2 navies. Both navies have common biennially AUSINDEX workout routines.