Bay of Bengal Current Affairs - 2019

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Samudra Shakti: India- Indonesian Joint Naval exercise

The Navies of India and Indonesia are holding bilateral naval exercise called ‘Samudra Shakti’ in Bay of Bengal on 6-7 November 2019. This year is the second edition of India, Indonesia Bilateral Naval Exercise. The inaugural edition of exercise was held at the port of Surabaya, Indonesia in November 2018.

About Ex- Samudra Shakti

Objective: To strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices between the Navies of India and Indonesia.

Participants: As part of exercise INS Kamorta, India’s anti-submarine warfare corvette, is jointly exercising with Indonesian warship KRI Usman Harun, a multi-role corvette. The joint exercise also include- weapon firing drills, manoeuvres, air defense exercises, surface warfare exercises, helicopter operations and boarding operations.

The harbor phase of exercise was conducted on 4-5 November at Visakhapatnam. It included professional interactions in form of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE), simulator drills, cross deck visits, sports fixtures, social interactions and planning conferences.

CARAT- 2019: US-Bangladesh Navy exercise 

The biggest US- Bangladesh Navy exercise dubbed as ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) – 2019’ is being held in Chattogram (or Chittagong City) in Bangladesh. The CARAT is a yearly exercise conducted between the navies of Bangladesh and United States in the Bay of Bengal. The first edition of exercise was held in 2011.

About ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training’: CARAT – 2019

The second phase of exercise is being conducted from 4 to 7 November 2019 with different subject-based training and exercise.

The opening ceremony of CARAT- 2019 was attended by Assistant chief of naval staff (operations) Bangladesh Navy and the Commander logistic group, Western Pacific Command Task Force 73 (CTF-73) of US Navy.

The CARAT- 2019 exercise provides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of operational activities of the Navies of two countries (US- Bangladesh) and to get acquainted with advanced technology through various theoretical and practical training.