The fifth edition of exercise IBSAMAR between Brazil, India and South Africa kicked off on 19 February 2016 in Goa. The exercise will conclude on 29 February 2016.
This is the first time that Exercise IBSAMAR is being conducted in Indian waters. All the previous editions were being held off South Africa.
The primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the three navies as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.
Key highlights of IBSAMAR V
• The scope of Exercise IBSAMAR V includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase.
• The thrust of exercises at sea in 2016 will be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface firings, Air Defences, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), Flying Operations, Search and Rescue and tactical procedures.
• The Indian Navy will be represented by INS Mumbai, an indigenous designed and built guided missile destroyer, INS Trishul, a stealth frigate and INS Shalki, a Shishumar class submarine.
• The Brazilian Navy will be represented by Brazilian Naval Ship Amazonas with Special Forces, commanded by Commander Alessander Felipe Imamura Carneiro.
• The South African Navy will be represented by South African Naval Ship SAS Spioenkop with integral helicopter and Special Forces, commanded by Captain MA Boucher.
• IBSAMAR denotes a series of naval exercises between the navies of India, Brazil and South Africa.
• The name IBSAMAR is an abbreviation of India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime.
• The exercise was initiated in 2006.
• IBSAMAR IV took place off the coast of South Africa in October 2014.
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When: 19 February 2016