The annual bilateral maritime exercise Konkan 16 between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy (British Navy) started in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The 2016 edition of the exercise (from 05 to 16 December 2016) will play an important chapter in the maritime interactions. It will familiarise navies of both countries with each other’s planning processes and further enhance synergy and inter-operability.
- Konkan 16 will be conducted in two phases in Mumbai and Goa. The first phase (05 to 09 December 2016) will be held in Mumbai.
- In it there will be a command planning exercise involving the two navies, where planners from both sides will undertake planning for combined maritime operations.
- The second phase is a LIVE EXERCISE (LIVEX) will be held from 12 to 16 December 2016 at Goa. It involves interaction between the Indian Marine Commandos (MARCOs) and the Royal Marines.
- Both phases will involve sharing of best practices and lessons learnt from recent operations, especially in the field of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Non-combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO).
The exercise KONKAN has been named after the Western coastal region of India. It was institutionalised in 2004. Since then, the exercise hosted in rotation by both the Navies. It has grown in complexity, scale and intensity.
Successive editions of KONKAN exercises have built on past experiences and have enhanced operational inter-operability between the two navies. This cooperation between the two navies is a positive and tangible symbol of commitment in ensuring a positive climate for maritime security and economic development. It will further strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and UK and enhance India’s capability to work together to contribute towards maritime security in the global commons.