Indian Navy and Russian Navy participated in the Exercise Indra Navy 2020, a biennial bilateral maritime exercise between the services, in the Bay of Bengal, Sept. 4-5.
Initiated in 2003, Exercise Indra Navy epitomises the long-term strategic relationship between the two Navies. This year’s marked the 11th edition of the exercise.
This exercise has matured over the years with increase in scope, complexity of operations, and level of participation. The primary aim of exercise was to further consolidate interoperability built up by the two Navies over the years and also to enhance understanding and procedures for multi-faceted maritime operations. The scope of this edition included wide-ranging and diverse activities across the spectrum of maritime operations. Due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise was undertaken in a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ format.
#INDRA_Navy-20 Bilateral Exercise between #IndianNavy & #RussianNavy ships concluded in #BayofBengal. This edition included wide-ranging activities across the spectrum of #MaritimeOperations #BridgesOfFriendship @SpokespersonMoD @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/m5NKwUyHMm
— Defence PRO Visakhapatnam (@PRO_Vizag) September 6, 2020
The Indian Navy was represented by Rajput-class guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvijay (D55), Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri (F49) and Deepak-class fleet tanker INS Shakti (A57), along with their embarked helicopters. INS Sahyadri has been presently redeployed to provide assistance to MT New Diamond, which has caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka.
The Russian Navy was represented by Udaloy-class destroyers Admiral Vinogradov (572) and Admiral Tributs (564), and Boris Chilikin-class fleet oiler Boris Butoma. All these ships are assigned to the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok.
The exercise was aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices between the two navies, and involved surface and anti-aircraft drills, firing exercises, helicopter operations, seamanship evolutions etc.
The last edition of the exercise was conducted off Visakhapatnam in December 2018.