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28th August, 2023 Security

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  • 5th edition of AUSINDEX maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was conducted from 22-25 August 23 at Sydney, Australia.


  • AUSINDEX is a naval exercise between India and Australia.
  • Commenced in 2015 as a bilateral IN-RAN maritime exercise, AUSINDEX has grown in complexity over the years.
  • In this edition, INS Sahyadri and INS Kolkata participated in the exercise along with HMAS Choules and HMAS Brisbane from RAN.
  • Besides ships and their integral helicopters, the exercise also witnessed the participation of fighter aircraft and maritime patrol aircraft.
  • Conducted over 4 days, AUSINDEX included a series of complex exercises in all three domains of maritime operations.


  • The complexity of the biennial maritime exercise over the past four years has steadily increased.
  • The increased scale of participation signifies the importance attached to the exercise by both countries while the enhanced complexity is indicative of the interoperability between the two navies.
  • Overall, the exercise underscores India’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and shared objectives of the two countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries.


Q. AUSINDEX Exercise underscores India’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region). Elucidate.