A brand new Russian Naval technology will now be tested by the Indian Navy. This technology has been transferred by Russia, and will aid in building Indian warships. A bilateral maritime exercise between both the navies began on Monday in Bay of Bengal, off Vizag.
Russia has been transferring naval technology to India, with both the nations having deep defence ties for more than five decades.
“The Russian Navy has been transferring the technology to us since many years. The naval dockyard here in Vizag was also built by the Russians. These kind of bilateral exercises will not only help to strengthen the mutual cooperation in maritime security operations and inter operability of both the navies, but also the technology will be put to use and practice at sea which will help us during war,” Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet of Indian Navy, Rear Admiral S.V. Bokhare told the media.
At a joint press conference, senior officials of both Indian and Russian navies, Rear Admiral Bokhare also said that both the navies have a long standing relationship and that it will be a homecoming for the Russian Navy personnel since they have a long association with Indian Navy personnel.
The Indo-Russian joint exercise INDRA was first launched in 2003. This would be eighth such exercise which is underway off the Vizag coast. Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet of Russian Federation Navy, Vadm Ryabukhin Andrey said, “We have many things in common here. I am personally very interested to be here. I have a long association with the Eastern Naval Command, since I visited this place earlier and trained the crew of INS Chakra. Those officers of ENC whom I worked with earlier are now in senior positions in the Indian Navy. I look forward for such joint exercises.”
The exercise had commenced on Monday and will continue till December 12. The mission will be progressed in two phases — Harbour Phase at Visakhapatnam and the Sea Phase off Visakhapatnam.