India and Australia conclude maritime exercise near Perth

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The Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) between the Indian and Australian navies concluded on Saturday.

INS Sumedha participated with HMAS Anzac in the exercise reaffirming the strong naval ties and interoperability between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy.

The MPX included helicopter cross-landing, tactical maneuvering, and a steam farewell past.

The Indian Navy’s INS Sumedha was docked in Perth, Australia to celebrate India’s 76th Independence Day on Monday. To commemorate the spirit of Independence, a flag hoisting ceremony was planned on board attended by veterans and Australian Defense Force officers on 15 August.

As part of the operational deployment of the Indian Navy, INS Sumedha has been deployed in the South East Indian Ocean. She is part of the Indian Navy’s initiative to hoist ‘Tiranga’ on all continents (except Antarctica) as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

INS Sumedha is a locally built naval offshore patrol vessel deployed for multiple roles independently and in support of fleet operations. It is part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet based in Visakhapatnam and operates under the operational command of the Chief Commanding Officer, Eastern Naval Command.

INS Sumedha’s visit underscores India’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and the common goals of the two countries to ensure good order in the maritime domain and the commitment of the Indian Navy to build bridges of friendship and strengthen cooperation with friendly maritime nations.

It is consistent with joint guidance provided by the heads of the two navies in August 2021 and is aligned with the “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership 2020” between the two nations.

It aims to further consolidate the shared commitment to regional and global security challenges by promoting peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The two navies have collaborated on various fronts and play a vital role in keeping international maritime commerce secure and working for a global common good.

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