Indo-Russia bilateral Naval Exercise, Indra Navy-16 commences
Indo-Russia bilateral Naval Exercise, Indra Navy-16 commences

The 9th edition of Indra Navy, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy was held in the Bay of Bengal from December 14 to 21. Initiated in 2003, Indra Navy epitomises the strong long-term strategic relationship between the two countries. The exercise has matured over the years with increase in scope, complexity of operations and level of participation.

The primary aim of exercise Indra Navy-16 was to increase inter-operability amongst the two navies and develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope of the exercise includes wide-ranging professional interactions in harbour and a diverse canvas of operational activities across a spectrum of maritime operations at sea.

During the exercise, the Indian Navy was represented by INS Ranvir, a guided missile destroyer, INS Satpura, an indigenous frigate, and INS Kamorta, an indigenous Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) corvette. In addition, an Indian Navy submarine, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Dornier Short Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer and other integral rotary wing helicopters also participated in the bilateral exercise.

The Russian Federation Navy (RFN) was represented by ships from the Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok. RFN ships Admiral Tributs (cruiser) and Boris Butoma (fleet tanker) had arrived at Visakhapatnam on December 14 to participate in Indra Navy-16.

The exercise progressed in two phases viz; the Harbour Phase (December 14 to 18) at Visakhapatnam and the Sea Phase (December 19 to 21) off Visakhapatnam. The Harbour Phase encompasses table-top exercises, planning conferences, and professional interaction prior progressing to sea. The Sea Phase included various facets of fleet operations such as air defence drills, boarding operations, anti-surface and anti-air gun firings, anti-submarine exercises with ASW rocket firing.


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