The Chief of Staff conveyed his gratitude to the Commanding Officer for the assistance rendered by HMAS Ballarat for locating and rendering medical assistance to Commander Abhilash Tomy during the search and rescue mission coordinated by the Royal Australian Navy, a Defence release said here.
Cdr Abhilash Tomy while on sea voyage in his sail-boat 'Thuraya' in southern Indian Ocean 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 Australia 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.
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