In the maiden deployment of a Navy submarine from India to Australia, a Scorpene-class submarine dubbed INS Vagir, on an extended-range deployment from June, was planned to reach the city of Fremantle on 20 August 2023.
Concurrently, on the eastern Australian coast, Indian naval vessels and aircraft are participating in the ongoing Exercise Malabar 23 involving Australia, the US, and Japan, and will join in AUSINDEX 23 from 22 to 24 August.
The deployment comes a month after a Dornier maritime patrol aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Navy C-130 transport aircraft were for the first time deployed to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (abbreviated CKI) of Australia, based in the Southern Indian Ocean near Indonesia and key strategic maritime choke points into the Indian Ocean, per The Hindu.
Australia has invited India for the respectful Sea Power conference that it is conducting from 7 to 9 November, which New Delhi is most likely to attend.
The ongoing deployment is a testament to the reach and sustenance of Indian Navy subs. The extended-range deployment is the maiden deployment by an IN submarine to Australia. It highlights professional understanding and capability to undertake operations at extended ranges from the base port for long durations, the Navy mentioned in its statement on Saturday.
Vagir is the fifth Kalvari class sub of the Navy. It was commissioned this year in January and is based at the Western Naval Command in Mumbai. During its stay in Australia, the sub will participate in several exercises with the Royal Australian Navy (famous as RAN) units on the Western Coast of Australia, the Navy mentioned in a statement.
During ongoing deployment, intermediate, basic, and advanced-level anti-sub exercises are scheduled. Besides, RAN sub and Indian Naval P-8I aircraft are all set to exercise with the INS Vagir, the Navy mentioned, saying that this deployment would augment the synergy and cooperation with the RAN.
References: The Hindu, newsonair.gov.in
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