The 9th edition of Indra Navy exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy began on 14 December 2016 in the Bay of Bengal. This annual bilateral maritime exercise will continue till 21 December 2016.
The main aim of this exercise is to enhance the inter-operability between the two navies and develop common understanding for maritime security operations.
The first edition of this maritime exercise between India and Russia was first held in 2003.
Highlights of the Indra Navy- 2016
• Its scope includes extensive specialized interactions in harbor phase and on the other hand a diverse canvas of operational activities at sea.
• The Indian Navy will be represented by guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir, indigenous frigate INS Satpura and indigenous Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) corvette INS Kamorta.
• Additionally, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, Dornier Short Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, a submarine and other integral rotary wing helicopters are also scheduled to participate in this bilateral exercise.
• While, the Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) will be represented by Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhalov, Deputy Chief of Flotilla, Pacific Fleet and ships from the Pacific Fleet which are based at Vladivostok.
• RuFN ships Admiral Tributus (cruiser) and Boris Butoma (fleet tanker) arrived at Visakhapatnam on 14 December 2016.
• It will be conducted in two phases- the Harbour Phase (14 to 18 December 2016) at Visakhapatnam and the Sea Phase (19 to 21 December 2016) off Visakhapatnam.
• The Harbour Phase will include table-top exercises, planning conferences, and professional interactions prior progressing to sea.
• While, Sea Phase will be focused on Air Defence Drills, Surface Firings, visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) and Tactical procedures.
• It will help to further strengthen mutual confidence and will also enable sharing of best practices between both navies.