Indian Navy - Indonesian Navy bilateral exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ begins
The exercise began with a Harbour Phase scheduled from November 12 to 15 encompassing planning and briefing on various activities, professional interactions, cross deck visits, sports fixtures and social interactions.
The inaugural edition of Indian Navy -Indonesian Navy Bilateral Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ began on November 12, 2018 at Surabaya, Indonesia. The exercise will conclude on November 18, 2018.
The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Rana of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam under the Eastern Naval Command arrived at the port of Surabaya to participate in the exercise.
The exercise aims to strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices.
The strategic partnership between both the two nations was elevated to ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Indonesia in May 2018.
Highlights of the Bilateral Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’
• The exercise began with a Harbour Phase scheduled from November 12 to 15 encompassing planning and briefing on various activities, professional interactions, cross deck visits, sports fixtures and social interactions.
• The harbour phase will be followed by a Sea Phase scheduled from November 16 to November 18 and would include operations such as Joint Manoeuvres, Helicopter Operations, Surface Warfare exercise, ASW exercise and Anti Piracy exercises.
• The participation of INS Rana seeks to promote India’s solidarity with Indonesia towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between the navies of the two nations.
During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Indonesia in May 2018, both the nations agreed to step up their defence and maritime cooperation, raising the level of their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
India agreed to develop the strategically important Indonesian port Sabang in the Indian Ocean, close to the Andamans and both the sides unveiled a vision document for the Indo-Pacific region, the first of its kind between India and a South-East Asian country, to deal with the increasing presence of China in the area.