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1st joint maritime exercise Za’ir-Al-Bahr 2019 by Qatar & Indian Navy began in Doha, Qatar

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5 day long 1st /inaugural edition of the joint bilateral maritime exercise “Za’ir-Al-Bahr” (Roar of the Sea) between the Qatari Emiri Navy (QEN) and Indian Navy began in Doha, Qatar on November 17, 2019 and will take place till November 21, 2019. The exercise is aimed to strengthen the cooperation and interoperability between the two navies especially in areas of fight against terrorism, maritime piracy and maritime security. The exercise has 2 phases which comprises of a 3-day harbour phase and a 2-day sea phase.Za’ir-Al-Bahr 2019

Key Points:

  • Harbour phase: Both navies will undertake activities like seminar, professional interaction, official visits, sports fixtures along with social and cultural events as part of the harbour phase.
  • Sea Phase: The sea phase includes tactical maritime exercise which involves domains of surface action, air Defence, maritime surveillance and interdiction (action of prohibiting or forbidding something) operation and anti-terrorism.

Indian side participation: Indian Navy Ship(INS) Trikand captained by Vishal Bishnoi, Patrol Aircraft P8-I are participating in the inaugural edition of the exercise. INS Trikand is under operational command of the flag officer Commanding-in-Chief(CIC), of Western Naval Command in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Qatar side participation: The Qatari Navy has included versatile Anti-Ship Missile equipped Barzan Class Fast Attack Craft along with Rafale multi-task fighter aircraft in the exercise.

About Qatar:
Capital- Doha (Also the largest city).
Currency- Qatari riyal.
Official languages- Arabic.