Exercise Konkan 2021 | 23 Aug 2021

Why in News

Indo-UK Naval Exercise, ‘Konkan 2021’ was recently held between INS Tabar and HMS Westminster in the English Channel.

  • The English Channel is located between the Isle of Great Britain’s southern coast and France’s northern coast and separated from the North Sea on the north by the Strait of Dover.

Key Points

  • About:
    • The Bilateral Konkan exercise is a naval exercise conducted between India and the United Kingdom.
    • The Konkan series of exercises was started in 2004. Since then, the exercise is hosted in rotation by both the Navies and has grown in complexity, scale, and intensity.
  • Other Exercises between India and UK:
  • INS Tabar:
    • It is the third Talwar-class frigate in the Indian Navy, which was commissioned in 2004 in Kaliningrad, Russia.
    • This warship can handle air or surface or subsurface missions and defend herself.
    • The Talwar class of frigates of the Indian Navy have been built in Russia under an Indo-Russian joint production. The Talwar class guided missile frigates are modified Krivak III class frigates from Russia. Other Frigates are: INS Teg, Tarkash, Trikand, Talwar, Trishul.
    • In October 2016, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for four Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates.
      • The first two frigates will be built in Yantar Shipyard, in Kaliningrad, Russia. The following two will be built in Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL).
    Major Indian Maritime Exercises
    Name of the Exercise Name of the Country
    SLINEX Sri Lanka
    Bongosagar and IN-BN CORPAT Bangladesh
    JIMEX Japan
    Naseem-Al-Bahr Oman
    Indra Russia
    Za’ir-Al-Bahr Qatar
    Samudra Shakti Indonesia
    Indo-Thai CORPAT Thailand
    IMCOR Malaysia
    SIMBEX Singapore
    AUSINDEX Australia
    Malabar Exercise Japan, and the USA

    Source: PIB