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First maritime exercise held between India, Australia and Indonesia

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    29th Sep, 2023

Context

Indian Navy’s indigenously built warship INS Sahyadri has participated in the maiden trilateral Maritime Partnership Exercise with the ships and aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Indonesian Navy.

About the Exercise:

  • The trilateral exercise aimed to bolster the partnership between India, Australia, and Indonesia, fostering a collective effort to enhance stability, peace, and security in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • It also offered an invaluable opportunity for the participating navies to share their knowledge and expertise.

What is INS Sahyadri?

  • INS Sahyadri is the third ship of the indigenously designed and built Project-17 class multi-role stealth frigates.
  • It was built at Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai.

What are the other exercises between India and Indonesia?

  • Exercise Samudra Shakti: It is a bilateral maritime exercise between India and Indonesia. It aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship, enhance mutual understanding and interoperability in maritime operations between the two navies.
  • Exercise Garuda Shakti: It is an annual military exercise between the Indian and Indonesian Army. It is conducted on a reciprocal basis and its first edition was conducted in the year 2012 in India.
  • IND-INDO CORPAT: It is a bi-annual coordinated naval patrol exercise conducted along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) by the Indian and Indonesian Navy.

What are the other exercises between India and Australia?

  • Exercise AUSTRA HIND: It is a bilateral training exercise between the Indian Army and the Australian Army.
  • Exercise Pitch Black: It is a biennial multilateral air combat exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) since 1981.The Indian Air Force had taken part in the exercise for the first time in 2018.
  • AUSINDEX: It is a biennial bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The first edition of the exercise took place in 2015.

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