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The tenth edition of INDRA NAVY maritime exercise between India and Russia will be conducted off Visakhapatnam coast, Andhra Pradesh from December 9-16, 2018. The aim of this exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the two navies, develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.
INDRA NAVY 2018
It will be held in two phases viz. Harbour Phase and Sea Phase. Harbour Phase will be held at Visakhapatnam and encompass planning conferences, professional interactions, cultural visits, sports fixtures and formal calls between Flag Officers and senior officers of the participating navies. Sea Phase will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal. Its thrust will be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), air defence drills, surface firings, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations and tactical procedures.
For this edition of exercise, Indian Navy will be represented by guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir, indigenous frigate INS Satpura , indigenous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette INS Kadmatt, indigenous missile corvettes IN Ships Kuthar and Khanjar and fleet tanker INS Jyoti In addition, one Sindhughosh-class submarine, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Hawk fighter aircraft and other integral rotary wing helicopters will be also taking part in the exercise. Russian Navy will be represented by ships of from its submarine forces, pacific fleet based at Vladivostok. These ships are Varyag, Admiral Panteleyev and Boris Butoma
Indian Navy interacts with Russian Federation Navy on many fronts, which include operational interactions, training, hydrographic cooperation and exchange of subject matter experts in various fields through medium of Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks. INDRA NAVY exercise was initiated in 2003 and since then it has matured over the years with increase in scope, complexity and level of participation. Exercise INDRA NAVY-18 will help further strengthen mutual confidence and interoperability and also enable sharing of best practices between both the navies.
The 32nd edition of India-Indonesia coordinated patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) is being held in Belawan, Indonesia from 11 – 27 October 2018. Under it, ships and aircraft from both countries will undertake patrolling on respective sides of 236 nautical miles long International Maritime Boundary Line.
IND-INDO CORPAT 2018
The patrolling will be conducted in three phases, followed by closing ceremony at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish, a Kora class missile corvette and Dornier naval maritime time patrol aircraft from Andaman and Nicobar command are participating. This deployment is expected to contribute towards Indian Navy’s effort to forge strong bonds of friendship across seas and consolidate inter-operability. It also seeks to emphasize India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in maritime domain, consolidate interoperability and strengthen existing bonds of friendship between the two countries.
Under the strategic partnership between India and Indonesia, navies of both countries have been carrying out coordinated patrolling twice year since 2002 near International Maritime Boundary Line in an effort to keep Indian Ocean region (IOR) safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade. The coordinated patrol reflects shared concerns between two countries for peaceful Indian Ocean for benefit of international community. It also enhances mutual understanding and inter–operability between the two navies. Moreover, as part of Central Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and `Act East policy’ Indian Navy has increasingly deployed to address maritime concerns of the IOR and also been involved in assisting countries in IOR with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, other capacity -building and capability-enhancement activities.