India to join naval exercises with Africa, Europe and Russia

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These engagements are aimed to further strengthen maritime security in the region and to consolidate combined operations against maritime threats…reports Asian Lite News.

Towards enhancing military cooperation with friendly nations, Indian Navy has deployed INS Tabar to make port calls and participate in joint exercises with the navies of Africa, Europe and Russia.

On June 13, Indian Naval Ship Tabar commenced her prolonged deployment and is to visit a number of ports in Africa and Europe till end September, informed a defence ministry statement on Saturday.

INS Tabar will transit across the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea while making port calls at Djibouti, Egypt, Italy, France, UK, Russia, Netherlands, Morocco, and Arctic Council countries like Sweden and Norway.

In addition to PASSEX with host navies of countries being visited, the ship is also scheduled to participate in bilateral exercises like Exercise Konkan with Royal Navy, Exercise Varuna with French Navy and Exercise Indra with Russian Federation Navy.

During port visits, Tabar will conduct professional, social and sporting interactions and also participate in a number of joint exercises with friendly navies, it stated.

The ship will operate in conjunction with the friendly navies, so as to build military relations, develop interoperability and project long range sustenance, the statement added.

The deployment will also see participation by the ship in the Russian Navy Day celebrations from July 22 to 27.

Indian Navy undertakes regular overseas deployments particularly in the maritime areas of primary interest.

These engagements are aimed to further strengthen maritime security in the region and to consolidate combined operations against maritime threats.

These interactions will also offer an opportunity to navies to observe and imbibe the ‘Best Practices’ followed in each other’s Navy.

INS Tabar, is a Talwar-class stealth Frigate built for Indian Navy in Russia. The ship is commanded by Captain M Mahesh and has a complement of 300 personnel.

The ship is equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors and is among the earliest stealth frigates of the Indian Navy.

The ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet which is based at Mumbai under Western Naval Command. (INN)

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