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India & Indonesian Navies  conduct ‘PASSEX’ in the Arabian Sea

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Indian, Indonesian Navies conduct exercise off Arabian SeaThe Indian and Indonesian Navies conducted Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Southern Arabian sea. The main aim of the exercise was to improve interoperability and understanding between the Navy units of two countries.

i.From the Indian Navy, INS Sharda, an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) with a Chetak helicopter participated in the exercise.

ii.From the Indonesian Navy, KRI Sultan Hasanudin, a 90m Corvette took part in the exercise.

Key Points

  • Previously, A PASSEX exercise was conducted between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy on March 13, 2021, between INS Kalpeni, IN Dornier and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda.
  • PASSEXs are regularly conducted by the Indian Navy with friendly foreign navies while visiting each other’s ports or during an engagement at sea.
  • ‘Garuda Shakti’ is a bilateral exercise between the Special forces of armies of India & Indonesia.


  • It is usually conducted by 2 navies, to make sure that the navies are able to communicate and cooperate in times of war or humanitarian relief.
  • The drills carried out during ‘PASSEX’ include flashing light drills, semaphore drills, and flag hoist drills.

Recent Related News:

i.On February 18, 2021, the Indian Navy conducted a Bilateral Military Exercise ‘PASSEX’ (Passage Exercise) with the Indonesian Navy in the Arabian Sea.

About Indonesia

President –  Joko Widodo
Capital – Jakarta
Currency – Indonesian Rupiah

About Indian Navy

Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy) – New Delhi