Konkan-2018 Joint Naval Exercise

Konkan-2018 Joint Naval Exercise
“Naval cooperation between India and the United Kingdom is based on the long-term strategic relationship between both countries. Both Navies have, over the years, undertaken bilateral activities such as training exchanges and technical cooperation.
“The bilateral Konkan exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in the harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices.
The Royal Navy is represented in the exercise by HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Class Destroyer equipped with an integral Wildcat helicopter. The Indian Navy has fielded INS Kolkata, the first ship of latest Kolkata class destroyers, equipped with integral Sea King and a submarine. In addition, the maritime patrol aircraft, Dornier will also participate in the exercise.
The regular IN-RN interaction over the years has resulted in an increase in the professional content of the bilateral exercise. The thrust of the exercise this year would be on Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) and Seamanship Evolutions.
“The exercise is aimed at deriving mutual benefit from each other’s experiences and is indicative of the continuing cooperation between the two countries. The inter-operability achieved over the years as a result of such exercises has proved to be operationally beneficial to both navies.
“The naval cooperation is a tangible symbol of the commitment of both nations in ensuring a positive climate at sea for enhancing strategic stability and promoting economic prosperity,” the release added.

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