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Prelims Prominence - May 2, 2018

Indian Navy(In)

Overseas Operations Round the Year

1. International Defence Expo 2017 (IDEX 17) and Naval Defence Maritime Security Expo 17 (NAVDEX 17) at UAE.

  • INS Sunayna was deployed to Abu Dhabi, UAE from 10 Feb-12 Mar 17 to participate in the International Defence Expo 2017 (IDEX 17) and Naval Defence Maritime Security Expo 17 (NAVDEX 17).

2. Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) – 2017.

  • LIMA is a biennial maritime exhibition organised by the Malaysian Navy.
  • It is aimed at improving maritime cooperation and bringing together military and civil industrial partnership.
  • IN has been participating regularly in LIMA. This year, IN ship Kora participated in LIMA 17 at Langkawi, Malaysia, from 20 – 26 Mar 17.

3. Overseas Deployment of Eastern Fleet Ships.

  • Ships of the Eastern Fleet comprising INS Sahyadri, Shivalik, Kamorta, and Jyoti were deployed to the Southern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific in May-Jun 17.
  • The ships made port calls at Singapore, Kuantan, Jakarta, Surabaya, Port Moresby and Fremantle.

4. Eastern Fleet OSD for ASEAN and INDRA17.

  • Ships Satpura and Kadmatt were deployed for ASEAN International Fleet Review (IFR) and INDRA-17, an annual bilateral exercise with the Russian Navy.

5. International Maritime Review (IMR).

  • The IMR was held by Singapore Navy on 15 May 17 to commemorate its 50 years. The .

6. Seychelles National Day Celebrations.

  • INS Sunayna visited Seychelles from 26-30 Jun 17 to participate in Seychelles National Day celebrations.

7. Overseas Deployment of Western Fleet Ships.

  • Four ships of the Western Fleet proceeded on Overseas Deployment to the Mediterranean Sea/ Atlantic Ocean.
  • One of these ships also called on five ports in the West Coast of Africa.
  • The ships visited Port Said and Alexandria (Egypt), Souda Bay (Greece), Toulon (France), Valencia (Spain), Haifa (Israel), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia),Plymouth(UK), London(UK),
  • Lisbon(Portugal), Casablanca(Morocco), Lagos(Nigeria), Luanda(Angola), Port Walvis(Namibia), Cape Town(South Africa), Port Louis(Mauritius) and Valencia (Spain).

8. INSailing Vessel (INSV) Mhadei.

  • INSV Mhadei, with all women crew (06 officers), departed Goa on 02 Nov 16 and arrived Cape Town on 23 Dec 16.
  • Thereafter, the vessel participated in Cape to Rio Race 2017, with 06 officers onboard (including 02 lady officers).

9. Navika Sagar Parikarma.

  • Six naval women officers are undertaking Navika Sagar Parikrama on an Indian-built 56 feet long Sailing Vessel, INSV Tarini.
  • This is first Indian all-women crew circumnavigation of the globe under sail.
  • Expedition was flagged-off from Goa on 10 Sep 17 and is expected to return to Goa in Apr 18.

Major Exercises Round the year

1. Ex Taiyaar-17

  • Ex Taiyaar 17 was conducted in Jan 17.
  • The exercise is an annual feature which allows the Naval Commands to fully prepare and exercise transition from a state of peace to one of hostilities and address any shortcomings that may be encountered.
  • Various facets that were exercised included Op logistics, action stripping, Mine & War watching organisation, deployments by Fast Intercepter Crafts (FICs), acceleration of Refit etc.

2. TROPEX-17

  • A Theatre Level Operational Exercise - TROPEX 17, was conducted on the Western Seaboard in Jan-Feb 17.
  • Extensive participation of Army, Air force and the Coast Guard, including Marine Commandos (MARCOS) and Para Special Force (SF) was the highlight of this year’s exercise.

3. Joint Amphibious Workup

  • Joint amphibious workup by IN and Indian Army was conducted from 19 - 31 Mar 17 off Karwar.
  • IN ships Jalashwa and Gharial along with over 1000 personnel of 91 Infantry Brigade of Army participated in the exercise.

4. Exercise PARIKSHAN

  • Western Naval Command conducted operational level Table Top Tri-Service wargame titled ‘Exercise PARIKSHAN’ from 07-09 Aug 17.
  • Representatives from Naval Headquarters, and operational commands of the Army and Air Force in the region also participated in the wargame.

5. DANX – 17.

  • The Joint Services Exercise ‘Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Exercise’ (DANX-17) was conducted in Andaman & Nicobar Command from 20-25 Nov 17.

Exercises with Foreign Navies round the year

1. Exercise MALABAR 2017.

  • The 21st edition of Ex Malabar was conducted at/ off the port of the East Coast of India from 09-17 Jul 17.
  • IN, US Navy and the Japan Maritime Self - Defence Force (JMSDF) participated in the exercise.

2. VARUNA 17.

  • The Western Fleet ships participated in bilateral exercise VARUNA 17 with French Navy in Apr 17 off Toulon, France.
  • INS Trishul, Mumbai and Aditya along with integral helicopters, participated in the Exercise.

3. KONKAN 17.

  • INS Tarkash participated in bilateral Exercise Konkan 17 with Royal Navy in May 17 off UK.
  • Ship visited Plymouth and London during the exercise and also participated in HMS Tricomalee Bi-centenary year celebrations and cultural events at London as part of ‘India-UK Year of Culture’

4. Exercise SIMBEX.

  • Ex – SIMBEX, the annual bilateral exercise with Republic of Singapore Navy was conducted at Singapore from 12 - 21 May 17. IN ships Shivalik, Sahyadri,Kamorta and Jyoti participated in the exercise. The ships also participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition during the period.

5. Exercise Indra 2017.

  • Indo-Russia Joint Tri-Services Exercise INDRA-17 was conducted off Vladivostok, Russian Federation from 19-29 Oct 17.
  • This was the first ever Tri-Services bilateral military exercise between the two countries

6. AUSINDEX 2017.

  • The second edition of biennial Australia-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (AUSINDEX) was conducted at/ off Fremantle, Australia.
  • The exercise was conducted from 13-19 Jun 17.
  • The Harbour Phase of AUSINDEX-17 was conducted at Fremantle (HMAS Stirling) from 13-16 Jun 17.
  • The Sea Phase was conducted off West coast of Australia in the Western Australia Exercise Areas (WAXA) from 17-19 Jun 17.

7. SLINEX 17.

  • The Eastern Naval Command hosted Sri Lanka-India Naval Exercise, SLINEX 17, from 07-14 Sep 17.
  • Srilanka Naval Ships Sayura and Sagara and IN Ships Gharial and Kora participated in the exercise.

Coastal Security and Anti-Piracy Operations

1. Coastal Security Exercise ‘SagarKavach’

  • Coastal security exercises ‘SagarKavach’ were conducted throughout the year.

2. Op Avloka.

  • IN ships are being deployed for Op Avloka (off Gujarat and Maharashtra coast) for coastal surveillance during the monsoons since 2010, to undertake coastal surveillance.

3. Op Avardhan.

  • IN aircraft are deployed for Op Avardhan to maintain continuous aerial coastal surveillance of the West coast of India including L&M Islands.
  • Similar sorties are also undertaken in the East coast and the A&N Islands to augment coastal surveillance along with IN ships.

4. Anti-Piracy Patrol.

  • As part of its wider role of providing security to shipping in the Indian Ocean Region, the Indian Navy continues to deploy one ship for anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden.

Sources – PIB, Ministry of Defence, Govt websites