Current Affairs, 21 December 2017
Indian Navy on 20 December 2017 conducted the joint naval exercise Naseem-Al-Bahr with the Oman Navy. The exercise is also known as Sea Breeze. This is the 11th edition of the exercise which has been a biennial feature since 1993.
Indian Naval Ships Trikand and Teg entered Muscat, Oman on 16 December 2017 for the harbour phase. A Pre-sail conference for the exercise was held at Said Bin Sultan Naval Base, Wudam on 17 Dec 17.
The Indian Navy ships along with four Royal Navy of Oman ships Al Rasikh, Khassab, Al Mubashir and Al Bushra are currently sailing for the sea phase of the exercise. For the first time, an Indian Navy submarine along with versatile long range maritime aircraft P8I are participating in the exercise.
This year marks 24 years of bilateral exercises between Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman.
Bilateral relations between Indian and Oman
India has an ancient maritime tradition with Oman which dates back to over 4000 years B.C.
Bilateral relations between Indian and Oman were formally established with signing of a 1953 Indo-Oman Treaty of friendship, Navigation and Commerce, which was also the first between India and an Arab country.
The first exercise between Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman was conducted in 1993. Both the countries also signed a MoU on Defence Cooperation in December 2005 and a MoU on the Joint Military Cooperation in March 2006.
Who: Indian Navy
When: 20 December 2017