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Roar of the sea: Naval Exercise between Qatar and India

A three-day naval exercise, Za’ir-Al-Bahr (Roar of the Sea) is being conducted between November 17 and November 21, 2019 between the Indian and Qatar Naval Forces. The aim of the exercise is to enhance interoperability between the naval forces.

Highlights

  • From the Indian side, the Missile Stealth Frigate INS Trikand and Patrol Aircraft P8-I along with Rafale aircraft are to attend the exercise
  • The exercise is being held for the first time.
  • Both the P8 and Rafale are newly procured defense machines of India.
  • The exercise will include Air defense, Surface action, interdiction operation, maritime surveillance and anti-terrorism
  • The Qatar Emiri Naval Forces participating in the exercise include Anti-Ship Missile equipped Barzan Class Fast Attack craft and Rafale aircraft

Significance

The Geographical location of Qatar is significant for the country being located near the major petroleum deposits in the Persian Gulf . Also, the joint exercises will help in adding protection to the Indian ships sailing through the region. Around 110 billion USD of Indian trade happens through the region. As per 2018, it includes 50 billion USD of imports and 60 billion USD of exports.

Defense Relations

The first diplomatic defense agreement between India and Qatar was signed in 2008. According to the agreement the countries permit annual defense training. However, an exercise between the countries is being conducted for the first time.

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IMNEX-2019: India Myanmar Naval Exercise

The India Myanmar Naval Exercise called IMNEX-2019 is being organised in Visakhapatnam from 19 to 22 October in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The opening ceremony of the second edition of Indo-Myanmar joint naval exercise  was conducted onboard INS Ranvijay.

About IMNEX-2019

Myanmar naval ships UMS Sin Phyu Shin (F-14) and UMS Tabinshweti (773) arrived at Visakhapatnam and would engage in professional interaction with Indian Navy personnel for sharing of expertise on various maritime issues between both the navies.

This year’s edition includes increased scope and complexity and is a testimony of growing maritime cooperation between two navies.

The exercise would be conducted in two phases:

Harbour phase– which includes visits to Indian Naval units, training and maintenance facility at Visakhapatnam.

Sea Phase– During this phase Indian Navy’s INS Kuthar, a missile corvette and INS Ranvijay, a guided-missile destroyer will be carrying out a joint exercise with Myanmar ships UMS Tabinshweti, a corvette and UMS Sin Phyu Shin, a frigate in the Bay of Bengal.

Joint exercise will also encompass a variety of operations such as flying exercises using integral helicopter, seamanship evolutions at sea and anti-air and surface firing exercises.

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