Bongosagar: India-Bangladesh Bilateral Naval Exercise

The third edition of the Bongosagar Naval exercise commenced at Port Mongla, Bangladesh on the 24th of May 2022 between the navies of India and Bangladesh. The harbour phase of this naval exercise was held from 24th to 25th May 2022. This will be followed by the sea phase which is scheduled to be held in the Northern Bay of Bengal from 26th to 27th May 2022.

What is the aim of this exercise?

This exercise is aimed to develop a high level of interoperability as well as joint operational skills through conducting various maritime operations and exercises between both navies.

What will be done during this naval exercise?

During the exercise, the Navies from both countries will be discussing various operational procedures, conducting joint drills, and exchanging best practices. Apart from this, there will be discussions on tactical level planning regarding the conduct of the exercises at sea. The harbour phase of this exercise includes social and professional interactions as well as friendly sporting fixtures. The sea phase of this Naval exercise will facilitate the participation of the ships from both the navies in intensive weapon firing drills, surface warfare drills, coordinated air operations in a tactical scenario, and seamanship evolutions.

Which ships are participating in this exercise?

The Indian Navy is being represented by the indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel Sumedha and the Guided Missile Corvette Kora. Guided-missile frigates BNS Ali Haider and Abu Ubaidah are representing the Bangladesh Navy.

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