Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Indian and Australian navies hit the seas for maritime exercise

    16/06/2017 10:00 AM
    • ​Week-long maritime training exercise under way off Western Australian coast
    • Three Indian warships in WA for AUSINDEX naval exercise
    • Sea program set to strengthen defence relationship between India and Australia

    Three Indian warships are visiting Western Australia this week for a bilateral maritime exercise set to further develop defence co-operation between the two countries.


    Taking place off the Western Australian coast, the joint maritime exercise is the second professional interaction between the two navies after a successful exercise in India in 2015.


    The exercise involves Indian Navy Ships Shivalik, Jyoti and Kamorta which are in Fremantle from June 13 to 17, 2017.  The Royal Australian Navy is represented by HMAS Newcastle, HMAS Waller and Clearance Diving Team Four.


    Representatives from the Indian Navy also visited the Australian Marine Complex - Common User Facility this week where they toured the significant infrastructure and facilities.


    Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia will attend a reception hosted by the Indian Navy on board INS Shivalik this evening.


    The Navy visit validates the McGowan Government's commitment to strengthening defence relationships with our regional partners.


    Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:


    "India is a major Indo-Pacific regional power, and Western Australia will continue to support the Commonwealth Government in growing its naval ties with India within an increasingly complex regional environment.


    "The State is now home to Australia's biggest naval base; a world-class common-user facility at the Australian Marine Complex; and an internationally competitive defence industry.


    "India is modernising its naval fleet in the coming years, so visits such as this can showcase our local defence industry capabilities."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600