The Indian Navy and the Myanmar Navy commenced the maiden bilateral naval exercise, INMEX-18 in Visakhapatnam in the East Coast of India on March 25, 2018.
The exercise will be held in two phases, the harbour phase that commenced at Vizag which will be concluded on March 30 and the sea phase that will begin on March 31 and will get concluded on April 3. The harbour phase will include briefings, practical demonstrations, professional discussions, social interactions, cross deck visits and sports fixtures. The sea phase will include complex operations including Fleet manoeuvres, gun firings as well as coordinated anti-submarine exercise.
According to a statement from Indian Navy, the exercise is aimed at strengthening the professional interaction between the navies. The Myanmar Navy also participated in the recently concluded Milan-18 maritime exercise at Port Blair, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Myanmar Navy ships participating in the exercise are a Kyan Sittha-class frigate UMS King Sin Phyu Shin (F14) and an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) UMS Inlay (54).
Indian Navy will be represented by a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri (F49), a Kamorta-class stealth corvette INS Kamorta (P28), one Chetak helicopter, two BAE Hawk Advance Jet Trainer Aircraft and an attack submarine.