Mumbai: The Indian Ocean region off Durban
is abuzz with activity as 11 naval ships of India, Brazil and
South Africa are engaged in nautical exercises as part of the
ongoing maritime exercise among the three countries, a Defence
spokesperson said here Thursday.
This is the second edition of India-Brazil-South Africa
Maritime Exercise (IBSAMAR) being conducted from September 13
to 27. The exercises are multi-dimensional wherein various
naval scenarios are being looked into with an aim of sharing
best practices in various facets of naval operations, he said.
The ships participating are: Mysore, Tabar, Ganga and
Aditya of the Indian Navy; Amatola, Spioenkop, Drakensburg,
Charlotte Maxeke, Queen Modjadji-I and Galeshewe of the South
African Navy, and the Brazilian Naval Ship Niteroi.
Associated integral helicopters including Lynx and
Seakings are also participating in the exercise.
The inaugural India-Brazil-South Africa trilateral
exercise was held in South Africa in May 2008. IBSA is a
unique forum which brings together the three large democracies
from the three different continents, all facing common
IBSAMAR is conducted by the Joint Work Group for Defence,
among the 16 Joint Working Groups of the three nations looking
into various cooperation initiatives.