The Indian Navy (IN) held Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the East Indian Ocean Region from September 23 to 24, 2020. The exercise involved participation of HMAS Hobart from the Australian side and Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Karmuk. In addition, an Indian MPA and helicopters from both sides participated in the exercise.
The exercise, aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices from each other, involved advanced surface and anti-air exercises including weapon firings, seamanship exercises, naval manoeuvres and Cross Deck Flying Operations.
The exercise, which is in keeping with the strong bond shared by the two navies, is another step towards strengthening Indo-Australia defence relations and the continued efforts of both Governments to work closely to enhance safety and security of the global commons in accordance with international regulations. The two navies have built a robust relationship through regular exercises.