Moscow (Agencies): The navies of Russia and India are currently engaged in joint drills in the Bay of Bengal, as announced by the Russian Ministry of Defense on Tuesday. The exercise aims to enhance naval cooperation between the two nations, counter global threats, and ensure safe shipping in the Asia-Pacific region.
The joint maneuvers involve naval sailors from both countries conducting coordinated exercises in various formations, including air defense and communications exercises. The drill, scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, encompasses activities such as replenishing supplies on the move and the joint use of deck-based helicopters.
Participating in the joint exercise are two ships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet, namely the Admiral Tributs, a large anti-submarine guided-missile destroyer, and the Pechenga, a medium sea tanker. They are joined by two Indian naval ships—the INS Ranvijay, a Rajput-class destroyer, and the INS Kiltan, an anti-submarine warfare corvette. The exercise also involves the participation of warplanes and helicopters.
The Russian warships arrived at the Indian port of Visakhapatnam on Saturday, marking the beginning of the joint drills. The exercise follows high-level talks between Moscow and New Delhi a week prior, addressing various bilateral issues, including trade, economic cooperation, connectivity, and defense.