India on Friday kick began a two-day naval train with Russia in jap Indian Ocean, two weeks after it performed the Malabar wargames with the US, Australia and Japan.
The Russian Navy has deployed its guided missile cruiser Varyag, massive anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleyev and medium ocean tanker Pechenga for the “passage exercise”, officers mentioned.
The Indian Navy has been represented by indigenously constructed guided missile frigate Shivalik and anti-submarine corvette Kadmatt together with their integral helicopters.
“The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices between both the friendly navies. It would involve advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, weapon firings, seamanship exercises and helicopter operations,” Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal mentioned.
“The passage exercises are conducted regularly by the Indian Navy with units of friendly foreign navies while visiting each other’s ports or during a rendezvous at sea,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the continuing train displays the robust long-term strategic relationship between the 2 nations.
“This exercise is being conducted on the occasion of ”Navy Day” which emphasises the strong bonds of friendship shared between the two friendly militaries. It would be another step towards strengthening Indo-Russian defence relations,” Commander Madhwal mentioned.
Navy Day is well known yearly on December four to commemorate the Indian Navy’s achievement in inflicting heavy harm on Pakistani vessels in Karachi harbour throughout the India-Pakistan warfare in 1971.
The Indian and the Russian navies conduct a biennial train referred to as ”Indra Navy” and its final version passed off within the Northern Indian Ocean Region in September.
Last month, India held the Malabar train. India invited Australia for the train, successfully making it a drill by all of the Quad member nations.
The Quad, comprising India, the US, Australia and Japan, is geared toward making certain a free and open Indo-Pacific, a area that witnessed growing Chinese army assertiveness within the latest years.
China has been suspicious concerning the function of the Malabar train because it feels that the annual wargame is an effort to include its affect within the Indo-Pacific area.
Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Navy participated in maritime workouts in the previous few months with a lot of nations.
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