What is IBSAMAR?
The seventh edition of maritime exercise IBSAMAR was organized from October 10 to 12 in South Africa.
- Exercise IBSAMAR is a joint maritime exercise between South Africa, Brazil and India.
- The inaugural edition of this naval exercise was held in 2008 to converge the democratic values, economic interests and maritime cooperation.
- In 2016, the fifth edition of the maritime exercise evolved to become a complex trilateral exercise involving the participation of naval vessels, aircraft and special forces from the three countries.
- The previous edition (IBSAMAR VI) was held off the Simons Town in South Africa in 2018.
- In 2022, the seventh edition of the naval exercise took place in South Africa from October 10 to 12.
- The harbour phase of the exercise involved the sharing of best practices regarding damage control, firefighting drills, maritime boarding actions like cross-boarding and Visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) targeting adversary vessels, terrorism, piracy and smuggling.
- The exercise has boosted the maritime security, joint operational training capability, sharing of best practices and interoperability to address common maritime threats.
- The Indian Navy was represented by INS Tarkash, a Chetak helicopter and the Marine Commando Force (MARCOS).
About INS Tarkash
INS Tarkash is a Talwar class guided missile frigate built by Yantar shipyard in Russia’s Kaliningrad. It is a modified version of Krivak III-class frigates. The naval vessel was commissioned into the Western Naval Command on December 27, 2012. Majority of equipment in the ship is Russian-made. However, it also has numerous Indian-origin systems. In August 2022, INS Tarkash took part in a Maritime Partnership Exercise with the Brazilian Navy. The exercise involved cross-deck landing, replenishment at sea (RAS) approaches and other tactical manoeuvres. The frigate also hoisted the Indian Tricolour on August 15 this year at Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. In 2015, it was part of the Operation Raahat, which was launched to provide protection and assistance to Indian vessels and aircraft involved in the evacuation of Indian citizens from Yemen during the Saudi Arabia-led military intervention in the civil war.
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