The navies of India and Australia have concluded a two-week long bilateral maritime exercise code-named AUSINDEX.

Personnel from the Eastern Fleet bade farewell to Australian ships Canberra, Newcastle, Paramatta and Success with a promise to meet again.

This edition of the exercise had the participation of the highest number of units so far with four frontline ships with integral helicopters, one submarine and a variety of aircraft including P8I and P8A long-range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft taking part from both navies.

For the first time, 55 American and 20 New Zealand military personnel embarked onboard the RAN ships and witnessed the exercises during AUSINDEX-19, the Defence Ministry said in a press release on Tuesday.

The 2-14 April exercise included a series of advanced warfare drills in all three dimensions comprising anti-submarine warfare exercises, air defence exercises, anti-surface warfare exercises including live-fire drills, replenishment at sea, and cross deck flying.

The bilateral exercise was aimed “to strengthen and enhance mutual cooperation and interoperability between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy, providing opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between the personnel of the two navies, the release added.