The exercise aims to undertake collective training for participating navies, building interoperability and mutual understanding as well as sharing of best practices.
The sixth edition of the joint Multi – National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies, IBSAMAR, is being held at Simons Town, South Africa from 01 – 13 October 2018. The last iteration of the exercise (IBSAMAR V) was conducted off Goa, from 19 – 26 February 2016.
IBSAMAR VI’s Indian Navy contingent includes – Guided Missile Frigate Tarkash, Guided Missile Destroyer Kolkata, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Seaking and Chetak helicopters as well as a MARCOS contingent. The Commanding Officers of the Indian Navy Ships called on the Chief of Fleet Staff of the South African Navy as well as a few other senior officers, the magistrate, and the commissioner of Simon’s Town. A reception was hosted on-board the Brazilian naval ship BNS Barraso in the evening.
The exercise aims to undertake collective training for participating navies, building interoperability and mutual understanding as well as sharing of best practices. IBSAMAR-VI includes both harbour and sea phases with various navigation and seamanship evolutions, surface weapons firing, force protection exercises, antipiracy exercise, anti-air and anti-submarine exercise as well as flying operations. Apart from professional activities, sports and social engagements are also planned.