Hindustan SA-316B Chetak IN421
on board INS Shivalik F47
Photo: Richard Siudak
In pursuance of India’s Act East policy, Indian Naval Ships Shivalik, Jyoti and Kamorta are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean.
The Task Group, Stealth Multi-Role Frigate INS Shivalik (F47) noted to be carrying SA-316B Chetak helicopter IN421 c/n AH-156 (see photo above) Anti- Submarine Stealth Corvette INS Kamorta (P28) & Replenishment Oiler INS Jyoti (A58) which are on a port visit to Fremantle from 13 June to 19 June 2017.
During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned.
AUSINDEX-17, a bilateral maritime exercise between the Royal Australian & Indian navies would also be held as part of the visit. This will be the second such exercise undertaken between the two countries navies, with the maiden edition having been conducted at Visakhapatnam in 2015. The exercises aim to increase interoperability and are in consonance with the growing cooperation between the two countries. Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Newcastle (FFG06) & Collins Class Submarine HMAS Waller (SSG75) together with divers from the navies Australian clearance diving team 4.
The naval vessels were open to the public on Wednesday 14th June 2017, from 10am to 4pm & sailed on Saturday 17th June for exercises with the RAN.