Bilateral Maritime Exercise Konkan 2023
The annual bilateral maritime exercise called Konkan 2023 was conducted between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy from 20th to 22nd March 2023 off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea. The Royal Navy is the United Kingdom’s naval warfare force. The exercise involved INS Trishul, a guided missile frigate, and HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 guided missile frigate, and aimed to improve cooperation and learn best practices through various maritime drills. These drills covered air, surface, and sub-surface operations, such as gunnery shoots on an inflatable surface target called ‘Killer Tomato,’ helicopter operations, anti-aircraft, and anti-submarine warfare exercises, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), ship manoeuvres, and personnel exchange.
The maritime exercise proved to be highly beneficial for the personnel of both navies, as it displayed a remarkable level of professionalism and enthusiasm throughout its execution. The personnel were focused on operational readiness, improving cooperation, and the ability to conduct joint operations. These efforts will significantly contribute to strengthening the IN and RN’s combined efforts in enhancing maritime security and maintaining a rules-based order in the region.
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