Indra Navy 2018: Russian Navy Ships arrive in Visakhapatnam

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New Delhi: Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) Ships Varyag, Admiral Panteleyev and Boris Butoma on Sunday arrived at Visakhapatnam to participate in Indra Navy, the bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy.

The 10th edition of exercise Indra Navy will be conducted at Visakhapatnam from December 9 to 16.

The primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the two navies, develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.

Initiated in 2003, Indra Navy exercise has matured over the years with an increase in scope, complexity, and level of participation. This edition of the exercise would be held in two phases.

The Harbour Phase would be held at Visakhapatnam from December 9 to 12 and would encompass planning conferences, professional interactions, cultural visits, sports fixtures and formal calls between Flag Officers/ Senior Officers of participating navies.

The Sea Phase from December 13 to 16 would be conducted in the Bay of Bengal. The thrust of exercises at sea would be on Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW), Air Defence drills, Surface Firings, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations and tactical procedures.

During exercise Indra Navy-18, the Indian Navy would be represented by INS Ranvir, a guided missile destroyer, INS Satpura, an indigenous frigate, INS Kadmatt, an indigenous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, IN Ships Kuthar and Khanjar both indigenous missile corvettes and INS Jyoti, a fleet tanker.

In addition, one Sindhughosh class submarine, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Hawk fighter aircraft, and other integral rotary wing helicopters would be taking part in the exercise.

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