New Delhi: Indian warships today began a
trilateral exercise with the navies of Brazil and South Africa
in Durban off the African coast as part of their efforts to
build inter-operability in carrying out maritime operations.
Four warships including a destroyer and two frigates from
the Navy`s Western Fleet are participating in the biennial
India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime (IBSAMAR) exercise, which
would focus on visit-board-search-seize, anti-air and
anti-submarine operations, apart from naval warfare manoeuvres
such as fuelling in mid sea.
The exercise comes in the middle of a two-month long
deployment of the Indian warships off the African coast when
they also sail to Mauritius and Seychelles for carrying out
anti-piracy patrols and visit ports in Kenya, Tanzania,
Mozambique and South Africa.
A Navy officer said here that the deployment would
provide the Indian Navy "good opportunity to re-establish and
further relations" with the navies of the African continent in
areas of training and passage exercises.
"The exercise is to develop interoperability among the
three navies so that they could carry out joint operations
during times of need in the high seas," the officer said.
Indian naval destroyer INS Mysore, frigates INS Tabar and
INS Ganga along with tanker INS Aditya have joined IBSAMAR
exercise. Brazil is participating with its warships, while
South Africa has brought their submarines.
"This is the second edition of IBSAMAR. The first
edition was held in 2008. This year`s exercise is a much
more complex than the previous one," the officer said.
This time there would be no aerial fleet of the Indian
Navy participating in the IBSAMAR exercise, though South
Africa was bringing in their aircraft, he added.
IBSAMAR is being held around the South African coast and
there would be visits to Durban, Cape Town, Simon`s Town and
Port Elizabeth as part of the exercise.
India is the lead Navy for this edition of IBSAMAR and
Brazil will take upon the role in the next edition to be held