The battleship of the Royal Australian Navy held joint exercises with the Russian cruiser “Varyag”, which has recently arrived in the area off the Australian coast.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defence of Australia noted the appearance of four Russian warships to the north of its coastline ahead of the G20 summit, which will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The Russian side has gladly accepted the offer to hold the exercise”, – a source in the Australian government is quoted as saying. According to him, Russian and Australian servicemen from the Parramatta frigate (FFH 154) have already worked out exercises on radio transmission.
“Indra 2014” joint exercise opening ceremony started with raising the flags and anthem of the Russian Federation and the Republic of India on Friday. After a short meeting to the music of the Russian and Indian military bands, soldiers marched at the parade ground.
According to head of the maneuvers Colonel Gennady Anashkin, there will be no indulgences to the Indian servicemen at the “Indra 2014”. “Indian officers asked about it – they wanted that all the requirements that apply to the Russian soldiers, were applied to the Indian armed forces as well, without any indulgence,” – he said.
According to the Southern Military District press service, the exercise will involve about 100 units of weapons and military equipment, including armored vehicles – BMP-2, BTR-80, “Tigr” armored cars, Mi-8 Army Aviation helicopters.