New Delhi: India on Friday kick began a two-day naval train with Russia in japanese Indian Ocean, two weeks after it carried out 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.
Passage Train between Russian Federation Navy &Indian Navy underway in Japanese Indian Ocean Area.
The train is aimed toward enhancing interoperability, bettering understanding & imbibing finest practices between each the navies
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“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 widely known yearly on December four to commemorate the Indian Navy’s achievement in inflicting heavy injury on Pakistani vessels in Karachi harbour in the course of the India-Pakistan conflict in 1971.
The Indian and the Russian navies conduct a biennial train referred to as ‘Indra Navy’ and its final version came about within the Northern Indian Ocean Area in September.
Final 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 aimed toward making certain a free and open Indo-Pacific, a area that witnessed rising Chinese language army assertiveness within the latest years.
China has been suspicious concerning the goal of the Malabar train because it feels that the annual wargame is an effort to comprise its affect within the Indo-Pacific area.
However the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Navy participated in maritime workout routines in the previous couple of months with a lot of nations.
(With PTI Inputs)