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INDRA NAVY-20- Maritime Exercise between India and Russia kicks off at Bay of Bengal 

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The 11th Edition of bi-annual, bilateral Maritime Exercise INDRA NAVY – 20 between Indian Navy and Russian Navy was conducted successfully from September 4 to 5. The Exercise was conducted in Bay of Bengal, close to the Strategic point of Strait of Malacca. Due to the Pandemic, INDRA NAVY-20 was undertaken in a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ format.

The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices between the two navies. 

The INDRA military exercise has been conducted by India and Russia starting from 2003. The 10th edition of the exercise was conducted off Visakhapatnam in December 2018.

Scope of INDRA NAVY – 20:

The scope of INDRA NAVY-20 will include wide-ranging and diverse activities across the spectrum of maritime operations.

Key Points:

i.Indian Navy will be represented by guided missile destroyer Ranvijay, indigenous frigate Sahyadri and fleet tanker Shakti, with their integral helicopters. 

ii.INS Sahyadri, an indigenous frigate which usually represents India at the INDRA NAVY Exercise has been redeployed to provide assistance to MT New Diamond, which has caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka. 

iii.The Russian Federation Navy will be represented by destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, destroyer Admiral Tributs and fleet tanker Boris Butoma of Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok. 

iv.The Exercise will boost mutual confidence and cooperation between two navies and reinforce the long standing bond of friendship between the two countries.

v.The Exercise involved surface and anti-aircraft drills, firing exercises, helicopter operations, seamanship evolutions. 

Point to be noted: –

i.While the exercise was undertaken in Bay of Bengal, Union Minister for Defence, Rajnath Singh who was in Moscow at the time of Exercise, on invitation of Defence Minister of Russian Federation, General Sergei Shoigu discussed bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest and commemoration of 75th Anniversary of victory in World War II. 

ii.Recently, India had withdrawn its participation from the multilateral War Exercise Kavkaz 2020, at Astrakhan Province of Southern Russia in September, citing Logistics Difficulties due to the Pandemic. 

Recent Related News:

i.On July 18 2020, Indian Navy conducted major Naval exercises in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands led by Sanjay Vatsayan, Chief Rear Admiral of Eastern naval fleet.

ii.On July 21 2020,Indian Navy undertook a short joint naval Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the United States (US) Navy near the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) islands in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

About Indian Navy:
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters MoD (Navy)– New Delhi

About Russia:
Capital – Moscow
President – Vladimir Putin
Currency – Russian Rouble