Ministry of Defence

MARITIME COOPERATION WITH REGIONAL PARTNERS

Posted On: 21 MAR 2022 2:40PM by PIB Delhi

Government has developed maritime cooperation with regional partners in consonance with Government’s vision of Security and Growth for all in the Region (SAGAR). Indian Navy (IN) ships and aircraft are regularly deployed in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to enhance maritime security and to address contingencies that may arise. In consonance with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘SAGAR’, IN has undertaken 08 missions to 16 Friendly Foreign Countries for transshipment of HADR relief materials, COVID supplies and food assistance.  To enhance maritime cooperation, initiatives are being undertaken in the field of training, technical support, hydrography and conduct of maritime security operations.

 

Indian Navy has established presence in IOR with IN ships through Mission Based Deployments with the objective of undertaking sustained surveillance to enhance Maritime Domain Awareness, address military challenges, pursue Navy-to-Navy Foreign Cooperation initiatives and tackle contingencies such as piracy, drug/arms trafficking, natural calamities etc.  IN maintains around the year presence in Gulf of Aden, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, Approaches to Malacca Strait, Central and South Indian Ocean etc. including Air Surveillance. 

 

In the last two years, Indian Navy has deployed ships to 16 Friendly Foreign Countries.  These deployments spanned over 215 days at sea, have delivered a cumulative assistance of more than 3,000 MT of food aid, over 300 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen, 900 Concentrators and 20 ISO containers.

 

The operational interactions with friendly foreign countries are as under:

 

 

Activities

Details

(i)

Joint Exclusive Economic Zone Surveillance

Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.  MoU has been signed with Mozambique

(ii)

Coordinated Patrols

Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand

(iii)

Maritime Exercise with Friendly Foreign Countries

Placed at Annexure

 

Annexure

 

The details of exercises undertaken with friendly foreign countries are tabulated below:-

 

Sl. No.

Country

Exercise

Periodicity

Bilateral Exercises

1.

Australia

AUSINDEX 

Biennial

2.

Bangladesh

IN-BN BILAT

Annual

3.

Bangladesh

IN-BN SF Exercise

Annual

4.

France

VARUNA

Annual

5.

Indonesia

IND-INDO BILAT

Annual

6.

Japan

JIMEX

Biennial

7.

Malaysia

IN-RMNBILAT

Biennial

8.

Maldives

Ex Ekatha

Annual

9.

Myanmar

IN-MN BILAT

Annual

10.

Oman

IN-RNOBILAT

Biennial

11.

Qatar

IN-QENFBILAT

Biennial

12.

Russia

INDRA Navy

Biennial

13.

Saudi Arabia

IN-RSNF Bilateral

Annual

14.

Singapore

SIMBEX

Annual

15.

Sri Lanka

SLINEX

Annual

16.

Sri Lanka

IN-SLN SF Ex

Annual

17.

UAE

IN-UAENBILAT

Biennial

18.

UK

KONKAN

Annual

19.

USA

Ex Sangam  (SF)

Annual

20.

USA

SALVEX (Salvage)

Annual

21.

Vietnam

IN-VPN BILAT

Annual

Multilateral Exercises

1.

Australia (lead), Multilateral

KAKADU

Biennial

2.

India (lead), Multilateral

MILAN

Biennial

3.

Indonesia (lead), Multilateral

KOMODO

Biennial

4.

IONS Member Nations

IONS Exercise

Annual

5.

Israel (lead), Multilateral

Mighty Shield

Annual

6.

Japan, USA

EOD Ex 2-JA

Annual

7.

USA (lead), Multilateral

CUTLASS Express

Annual

8.

USA (lead), Multilateral

IMX

Annual

9.

US, SE Asian countries, France, Australia

WPNS

Annual

10.

USA (lead), Multilateral

RIMPAC

Biennial

11.

USA (lead), Multilateral

Sea Dragon

Annual

12.

Australia (lead), Multilateral

Black Carillion

Annual

13.

Australia, Japan, US

MALABAR

Annual

14.

France (lead), US, Japan, Australia, India

La Perouse

Annual

15.

Singapore, Thailand

SITMEX

Annual

16.

Brazil, South Africa

IBSAMAR

Biennial

17.

Singapore, SE Asian States

MARISX

Biennial

18.

US, SE Asian countries

SEACAT

Annual

Tri-Service Exercises

1.

ADMM Plus countries

ADMM Plus 

As Scheduled

2.

Russia

INDRA (Tri Service)

Biennial

3.

Russia

VOSTOK

Annual

4.

Thailand

Ex Cobra Gold

Annual

5.

USA

Ex Tiger Triumph

Annual

 

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to Shri YS Chowdary in Rajya Sabha on March 21, 2022.

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