INS Sahyadri and INS Kolkata, the two flagship ships of the Indian Navy, reached Jakarta to take part in a bilateral maritime exercise alongside the Indonesian Naval Forces. Upon their arrival in Jakarta, The Indonesian Navy extended a warm welcome to both naval ships deployed for the South-Eastern Indian Ocean Region (IOR) mission.
Extensive Program and Maritime Partnership Exercise
With the objective of strengthening mutual cooperation and understanding, the Indian and Indonesian navies partake in an extensive program of professional interactions, joint yoga sessions, sports events, and cross-deck visits.
Both the ships also participated in the Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) at sea with the Indonesian Navy to further strengthen the high level of interoperability that both navies have from the Middle East.
Recently Indian and Indonesian naval forces conducted their bilateral exercise named Samudra Shakti 2023 in the South China Sea.
Indonesian Navy’s Participation in Complex IOR Exercises
- During the period of May 17 to 19, 2023, the sea phase saw the involvement of INS Kavaratti, an Anti Submarine Warfare corvette equipped with an integral Chetak helicopter and a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
- The Indonesian Navy’s assets, comprising KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda with an integral Panther helicopter and a CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, participated in a series of complex exercises during the South-Eastern Indian Ocean Region (IOR) mission.
- These exercises involved tactical manoeuvres, weapon firings, helicopter operations, as well as Air defence and Anti-Submarine warfare exercises, all of which significantly improved inter-operability between the two navies.
Before the sea phase, a productive harbour phase took place, marked by professional interactions, tabletop exercises, and sports exchanges.
INS Sahyadri and INS Kolkata
INS Sahyadri represents the third vessel of the Project-17 class, being an indigenously designed and constructed stealth frigate. On the other hand, INS Kolkata is the inaugural indigenously designed and built Project-15A class stealth destroyer.
Notably, both these ships were constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai.
Key takeaways for competitive examinations
- The motto of Indian Navy is: Sham No Varunah