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INDRA 2014
Aug 08, 2014

Ships of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy Shivalik, Ranvijay and Shakti went to Vladivostok to take part in India-Russia joint Naval Exercise, INDRA 2014. 

The major aims of this exercise are strengthening and development of friendly relations between the navies of the two countries. In the exercise, the Russian Navy was represented by guided-missile cruiser Varyag, destroyer Bystry, large landing craft Peresvet along with supply vessels. Air assets of the Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy were also actively involved in the exercise. 

Training and improvement of mutual maritime operations were the main aims of the exercise. The exercise was spread over six days and comprised harbour and sea phases. From 14 to 17 July, during mooring of the ships at Vladivostok, leadership of the two navies undertook planning and training for joint operations. The sea phase of the exercise was held from 17 to 19 July off Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan. 

During the sea phase, ships of the two countries engaged in tactical manoeuvring, defence against un-alerted raids, cross deck helicopter operations, rendering assistance to a ship in distress, replenishment at sea, joint management of anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface warfare. Joint missile-artillery strikes on surface and air targets were also conducted during the exercise. The exercise culminated with a farewell ceremony for IN ships at sea.

The first Indo-Russian bilateral naval exercise was conducted in May 2003 on both the Western and Eastern seaboards of India.


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