The Indian National Defence College (NDC) delegation visited RAAF Base Amberley for a capability and familiarisation visit on 31 May 2019.
The delegation included 17 personnel, headed by the NDC Commandant Vice Admiral Srikant and Major General Madhavan Vinaya Chandran Nair. The delegation was hosted by Group Captain (GPCAPT) Mark Larter, Officer Commanding 95 Wing, and Warrant Officer Lisa Sheridan, Combat Support Group Warrant Officer.
The tour included a visit to Number 23 Squadron, and Numbers 1 and 33 Squadron hardstands to view displays of an F/A-18F Super Hornet and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.
GPCAPT Larter attended Command and Staff College in India last year.
“After graduating from the NDC in 2018, it was fantastic to reconnect with the College again and spend a week with the faculty and students visiting a number of Defence organisations and civilian institutions,” he said.
“The highlight of their tour was meeting the Governor-General, who is an esteemed alumnus of the NDC, having graduated in 1994.”
Vice-Admiral Srikant was extremely impressed by the people and capabilities at RAAF Base Amberley.
“The Australian tour had been extremely valuable and insightful, and the students will depart Australia with positive and lasting memories.”
The NDC visit to RAAF Base Amberley to view Air Force capability was the last activity in their week-long programme, which included meetings with the Governor-General, CDF and Secretary of Defence, and DFAT. They also visited HQ 1DIV at Gallipoli Barracks, and Fleet Headquarters in Sydney.