The Indian Navy and the UK Royal Navy kicked off bilateral naval exercise Konkan 18 in Goa on Nov. 28, 2018.
The Konkan series of exercises, which commenced in 2004, provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices.
The harbour phase of the exercise was scheduled from Nov. 28 to 30, which will be followed by the sea phase from Dec. 02 to 06 off Goa with units participating from both navies..
The Royal Navy will be represented by HMS Dragon (D35), a Type 45 Daring-class air-defence destroyer equipped with an integral AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter. The Indian Navy will field INS Kolkata (D63), the lead ship of latest Kolkata-class of stealth guided-missile destroyers, equipped with integral Seaking helicopter, and a submarine.
In addition, Indian Navy Dornier maritime patrol aircraft will also participate in the exercise.
The regular IN-RN interaction over the years has resulted in an increase in the professional content of the bilateral exercise. The thrust of the exercise this year would be on Anti-Air warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) and Seamanship Evolutions. Besides exercises at sea, KONKAN-2018 also encompasses professional interactions and sports fixtures.