Two Indian Navy ships Satpura and Kamorta have been conducting training and security patrols while transiting the Indian Ocean and arrived in Fremantle on 4 June on a goodwill visit.
The arrival of the two ships coincides with a visit by the Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Satish Soni who is in Perth to hold discussions and make preparations ahead of the Royal Australian Navy’s first bilateral maritime exercise with India.
The exercise will be held in September in the Eastern Fleet exercise areas off the east coast of India.
Australian Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said the exercise was a significant step forward in the bilateral relationship and reflected the maturing defence relationships of both countries, lead by their respective navies.
The INS Satpura is a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate built for the Indian Navy and commissioned on 20 August 2011. The INS Kamorta, the first of four anti-submarine Kamorta-class stealth corvette, was commissioned on 12 July 2014.
The ships will be open to the public on Saturday, 6 June, from 10am at the Fremantle Port.
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