THERE were plenty of pressing training issues to cover, but Australia’s performance in the Ashes was also up for discussion when a delegation from the Indian Navy visited HMAS Creswell recently.
Indian Navy Commodore Dhiren Vig was accompanied to Jervis Bay by Defence Adviser from the Indian High Commission in Canberra, Captain MP Samuel, to hold discussions with their Royal Australian Navy colleagues about the challenges of training a fighting force.
Creswell is home to the Training Authority – Initial Training, Leadership and Management and the RAN School of Ship Survivability and Safety, and was one of the many stops in the whirlwind tour that included the Training Authority – Aviation at HMAS Albatross, Training Authority – Maritime Warfare at HMAS Watson and visits to HMAS Kuttabul and HMAS Penguin.
The visit reciprocated a trip to India by the RAN's Commodore Michael Noonan in June and was part of the ongoing relationship between the two navies.
Director Training Authority – Initial Training, Leadership and Management, Captain Brett Chandler said it was important to identify the parallels in the training systems.
“It is vital that we continue to find ways to improve the training that we deliver, so we can provide the best preparation for life in the fleet,” he said.
The aim of the visit was to discuss possible training opportunities and find ways to continue sharing best practices and methods.
The visit by the delegation was just one of the many groups that HMAS Creswell hosts annually, with more than 200 domestic and international visits in the past year.