12th Edition of Exercise INDRA NAVY

From 28th to 29th July, 2021, the 12th edition of the military exercise INDRA NAVY was held in the Baltic Sea. It is a biennial bilateral maritime exercise that is conducted between the Indian Navy and Russian Navy.

Highlights

  • It was initiated in the year 2003.
  • This exercise further strengthens the long-term strategic relationship between the navies of the two countries.
  • This exercise was undertaken as INS Tabar’s visit to St Petersburg in Russia to participate in the Russian Navy’s 325th Navy Day celebrations.
  • INDRA NAVY has matured over the years with an increase in scope, the complexity of operations and level of participation.
  • The primary aim of this year’s exercise was to further strengthen the inter-operability which has been built up by the Navies of both the countries and also to enhance procedures and understandings of various maritime operations.
  • This edition of the exercise includes diverse and wide-ranging activities which have been stretched across the broad spectrum of maritime operations.

Representation by the countries

INS Tabar represented the India Navy whilst the Russian Federation Navy was represented by Corvettes RFS Odintsovo and RFS Zelyony Dol of the Baltic Fleet.

Conclusion

The exercise was conducted over two days and various fleet operations such as underway replenishment drills, boarding drills, anti-air firings, helicopter ops, and seamanship evolutions. This exercise will further strengthen inter-operability, mutual confidence and will also enable the sharing of best practices between the Navies of both the countries.

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