The third edition of AUSINDEX is now underway and the latest edition of the naval exercises focus on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and shall be held in three phases. The bilateral maritime exercise is being held between the Royal Australia Navy (RAN) and Indian Navy (IN).
RAN has sent HMAS Canberra, an Amphibious Assault Ship; HMAS New Castle and HMAS Paramatta, both frigates; HMAS Collins, a conventional submarine and HMAS Success, a replenishment tanker. While the ships are embarked with MRH-90 and MH-60R helicopters.
The latest addition for this year, is that Australian P8As are participating.
The IN ships taking part in the exercise are; INS Ranvijay, a multi-role destroyer, INS Sahyadri, a multi-role stealth frigate, INS Kora, a missile corvette, INS Kiltan, an ASW corvette and INS Sindhukirti, a conventional submarine. In addition to embarked helicopters such as Seaking Mk 42B and Chetak, IN Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers and P8I ASW aircraft are part of the exercise.
The harbour phase is being held from 02 to 07 April at Visakhapatnam.
The sea phase from 07 to 11 April will take place in the Bay of Bengal and will be followed by a second harbour phase from 12 to 14 April again at Visakhapatnam.