India, Australia sign terms of reference on naval dialogue

The Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy on September 29 signed terms of reference on holding dialogues between the two navies.

This signing is within the framework of the “Joint Guidelines on Relations between the Indian and Australian Navy” signed by the Navy Commanders of the two countries on August 18.

The signing ceremony was held online between officials of the two Navys. The “Joint Guidelines” document has identified that the Naval Dialogue is the main vehicle for guiding the bilateral relationship. India-Australia defense ties have been strengthened over the years. The announcement after the signing ceremony said that the important milestones between the two navies include the upgrade to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, the Agreement on Mutual Logistics Support, the conduct of the Maritime Security Conference. Tripartite Navy and the Royal Australian Navy’s participation in the annual MALABAR exercise since 2020.

The document plays an important role in reinforcing our shared commitment to promote peace, security, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The Dialogue between the Indian and Australian navies was first held in 2005. Since then, the two countries and the navies have continued to cooperate more closely at all levels.

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