From 28th to 29th July 2021, the 12th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, a biennial bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and Russian Navy was held in the Baltic Sea. The INDRA NAVY was established in 2003 and is tasked with boosting the long-term strategic relationship between the two navies.

It was undertaken as a part of the visit of the INS Tabar to St Petersburg, Russia. The visit was conducted to participate in the 325th Navy Day celebrations of the Russian Navy.

The primary aim of INDRA NAVY of this year’s edition is to combine inter-operability built up by the two Navies over the years and to enhance understanding and procedures for multi-faceted maritime operations.

Frigate INS Tabar represented the Indian Navy while the Corvettes RFS Zelyony Dol and RFS Odintsovo of the Baltic Fleet represented the Russian Federation Navy.

The exercise included various operations such as anti-air firings, underway replenishment drills, helicopter ops, boarding drills, and seamanship evolutions and progressed over two days.

Despite the constraints imposed because of the pandemic, the INDRA NAVY-21 Exercises are being conducted. It enables sharing of best practices between both Navies and further strengthens confidence, interoperability. To strengthening cooperation between the two navies and reinforce the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries, the exercise is considered as another milestone.

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