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India-Indonesia exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’

INS Kavaratti, indigenously designed & built ASW Corvette, arrived at Batam, Indonesia to participate in the 4th edition of India....

Context:- INS Kavaratti, indigenously designed & built ASW Corvette, arrived at Batam, Indonesia to participate in the 4th edition of India-Indonesia Bilateral exercise Samudra Shakti-23 from 14-19 May 23. 

An overview of the news

  • An Indian Navy Dornier maritime patrol aircraft and Chetak helicopter are also participating in the exercise.
  • The Indonesian Navy is represented by KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda, CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and AS565 Panther helicopters.
  • The Harbor Phase will include cross deck visits, professional interactions, subject matter expert exchanges and sports fixtures.
  • During the sea phase, weapons firing, helicopter operations, anti-submarine warfare and air defense exercises and boarding operations are planned.
  • Samudra Shakti-23 will showcase the high degree of interoperability between the two navies and their shared commitment to peace and stability in the region.

About exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’

  • Samudra Shakti is a joint naval exercise conducted between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy.
  • Objective of the exercise: The primary objective of the exercise is to enhance the interoperability and mutual understanding between the two navies.
  • Activities during the exercise: The exercise includes a range of activities, including tactical exercises, communication drills, helicopter operations, and maritime patrol operations.
  • Benefits of participating in joint naval exercises: Participating in joint naval exercises helps in building trust and understanding between countries, promotes interoperability between different navies, and enhances the security of the region.

About INS Kavaratti

  • INS Kavaratti is a stealth corvette that belongs to the Indian Navy.
  • Design and capabilities: INS Kavaratti has been specially designed for anti-submarine warfare operations. 
  • It is equipped with advanced sensors and weapons systems that make it highly capable in detecting and neutralizing submarines.
  • Features of INS Kavaratti: The ship has a low radar cross-section and infrared signature, making it difficult to detect. 
  • It is also equipped with a wide range of communication and surveillance systems, which enable it to operate in a network-centric environment.
  • Operational history: INS Kavaratti was commissioned into the Indian Navy in October 2020. Since then, it has participated in several exercises and operations, including ‘Operation Samudra Setu’ and ‘TROPEX.

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