The third edition of the Indian Navy (IN) – Bangladesh Navy (BN) bilateral exercise ‘Bongosagar’ commenced at Port Mongla, Bangladesh on May 24. The Harbour Phase of exercise is scheduled from May 24-25 which will be followed by a Sea Phase in the Northern Bay of Bengal from May 26-27.
Exercise Bongosagar is aimed at developing a high degree of interoperability and joint operational skills through the conduct of a wide spectrum of maritime exercises and operations between the two navies.
Indian Naval Ships Kora, an indigenously-built guided missile corvette, and Sumedha, an indigenously built offshore patrol vessel are participating in the Exercise. Bangladesh Navy is being represented by two guided missile frigates BNS Abu Ubaidah and Ali Haider.
The harbour phase of the exercise includes professional and social interactions, and friendly sporting fixtures, in addition to the tactical level planning discussions on the conduct of the exercises at sea. The sea phase of the exercise would facilitate ships from both the navies to participate in intensive surface warfare drills, weapon firing drills, seamanship evolutions and coordinated air operations in a tactical scenario.