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Oz navy ship arrives in Kochi for 5-day visit

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Australian Navy Ship HMAS Ballarat, commanded by Johnson, arrived Friday on a five-day visit to

The called on Rear Admiral R J Nadkarni, Chief of Staff, and discussed subjects of common interest to both the navies.

The conveyed his gratitude to the for the assistance rendered by HMAS for locating and rendering medical assistance to during the search and rescue mission coordinated by the Royal Australian Navy, a Defence release said here.

Cdr while on sea voyage in his sail-boat 'Thuraya' in had encountered rough seas on September 21 following which his vessel had got demasted while he himself suffered severe back injury.

During the stay at Kochi, various activities such as professional interaction and friendly volleyball match between the two navies have been planned, the release said.

"India's bilateral relations with are rooted in historical social and cultural interactions and extensive people-to-people contact.

The cooperation between the two navies is in pursuance of Indias Act East policy and is aimed to enhance inter-operability," the release said.

The is set to sail for on November 13.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 22:30 IST