The third edition of AUSINDEX (Australia India
Exercise) has commenced off the coast of Vishakhapatnam. AUSINDEX is a biennial
bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy
(RAN). The focus of the 3rd AUSINDEX is on anti-submarine warfare.
The aim of the exercise is to strengthen and
enhance mutual cooperation and interoperability between the Indian navy and
Royal Australian Navy. The exercise provides opportunities for interaction and
exchange of professional views between the personnel of the two navies.
The first edition of AUSINDEX was held in 2015
at Visakhapatnam. Australia hosted the second edition of the exercise off
Freemantle in 2017.
AUSINDEX also underscores India’s vision of
SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region). It aims to ensure free, open
and inclusive Indian Ocean Region
The concept of SAGAR was put forward by Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 2015 Mauritius visit. The different elements
of SAGAR include a) enhancing capacities to safeguard land and maritime
territories and interests, b) strengthening economic and security cooperation
in the littoral, c) promoting collective action to deal with natural disasters
and maritime threats e.g. Piracy, d) enhancing collaboration for sustainable
regional development and e) building greater trust and promoting respect for
maritime rules, norms and peaceful resolution of disputes