India, Russia Conduct Naval Exercise
INDRA NAVY is a bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian and Russian navies that was initiated in 2003.
The 8th edition of INDRA NAVY is being conducted in the Bay of Bengal from December 7 – 12, 2015.
The primary aim of this exercise is to increase interoperability between the two navies and develop common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations.
The scope of INDRA NAVY- 15 includes professional interactions during the Harbour phase and a range of operational activities at sea across a spectrum of maritime operations.
During INDRA NAVY-15, the Indian Navy is represented by INS Sahyadri an indigenous frigate, INS Ranvijay, a guided missile destroyer and INS Shakti a Fleet Support Ship.
In addition, a submarine, INS Sindhuvir, the P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Dornier short range maritime patrol aircraft, advanced jet trainer Hawk and other integral rotary wing helicopters are participating in the bilateral exercise.
The Russian Federation Navy (RFN) is represented by VADM Ryabukhin Andrey Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet and ships from the Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok. RFN ships cruiser Varyag, destroyer Bystry, rescue ocean going tug Alatau and fleet tanker Boris Butoma arrived at Visakhapatnam December 6 to participate in INDRA NAVY-15.