Indian Navy warships, INS Teg (F45) and INS Trikand (F51) are deployed to Oman for bilateral training, Exercise Naseem Al Bahr (Sea Breeze).
This exercise is the 11th edition and has been a biennial feature since 1993. The Indian ships entered Muscat on Dec. 16 for the harbour phase of the exercise. A Pre-sail conference for the exercise chaired by Executive Officer of the base, Capt Aqeed Rukn Barry, was held at Said Bin Sultan Naval Base, Wudam on 17 Dec 17.
Delegations from Royal Navy of Oman embarked INS Teg on Dec 18 for briefing on basic anti-submarine warfare (ASW) procedures.
The Indian Navy ships along with Royal Navy of Oman’s Khareef class corvette, RNOV Al Rasikh (Q42); Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessel, RNOV Khassab (Z23); High Speed Support Vessel, RNOV Al Mubashir (S11) and Al-
For the first time, an Indian Navy attack submarine, INS Shankush (S45) as well as the versatile P-8I, long range maritime patrol aircraft are participating in the exercise.
Bilateral relation between Indian and Oman were formally established with signing of a 1953 Indo-Oman Treaty of friendship, Navigation and Commerce, a first between India and an Arab country. Since then, Naval exercises have contributed to strengthening of bilateral ties between India and Sultanate of Oman.
The first exercise Indian Navy with Royal Navy of Oman was conducted in 1993 and this year marks 24 years of Indian Navy -Royal Navy of Oman bilateral exercises. The signing of an MoU on Defence Cooperation in Dec 2005 and subsequent establishment of the Joint Military Cooperation in Mar 2006 has set the foundation for increased defence cooperation. The naval cooperation between the countries has gradually increased in scope and scale.
Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, ASM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command is visiting Oman from 21 Dec to 25 Dec 17 to witness the ongoing bilateral exercise.
INS Teg (F45)
INS Teg (F45) is the fourth Talwar-class frigate constructed for the Indian Navy. She was built by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia, and was commissioned to Navy service on 27 April 2012. She is the first of the second batch of Talwar-class frigates to be completed.
INS Trikand (F51)
INS Trikand (F51) is the third and final ship of the second batch of Talwar-class frigates ordered by the Indian Navy. She was built by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia. She was commissioned to Indian Navy service on 29 June 2013.
INS Shankush (S45)
INS Shankush (S45) is the second Shishumar-class diesel-electric attack submarine of the Indian Navy. The Shishumar-class vessels are lengthier and heavier Indian variant of the Type 209 submarines developed by the German yard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) under the internal designation Type 1500.
P-8I Neptune is the export variant of the American Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for the Indian Navy. The aircraft has been developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, modified from the 737-800ERX. The P-8 conducts anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction, along with an early warning self-protection (EWSP) ability, otherwise known as electronic support measures (ESM).