Indian Navy deployed a P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to Darwin from 11-15 April to conduct coordinated exercises with a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
This is the first time an Indian Navy P-8I aircraft has deployed to Australia outside of a routine military exercise which reflects the strength of the India-Australia defence and security partnership.
“This exercise was a landmark opportunity for India and Australia to practise coordinated maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and build interoperability”, Acting Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith said on Tuesday.
“This activity reflects the deepening trust between India and Australia’s defence forces and our enduring commitment to work together on common security interests”, he added.
Air Vice-Marshal Meredith said that Australia’s defence relationship with India is at a historic peak, with activities between us quadrupling since 2014.
Both countries are doing more together to enhance maritime information sharing and maritime domain awareness.