India – Russia Navy Exercise (INDRA NAVY-14)
India – Russia Navy Exercise (INDRA NAVY-14). India-Russia Naval Exercises, named ‘INDRA NAVY’ are being conducted since 2003. The first Indo-Russian bilateral naval exercise was conducted in May 2003 on both the Western and Eastern seaboards of India. On 14th July, ships of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy, viz., Shivalik, Ranvijay and Shakti, under the Command of Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, arrived at Vladivostok, Russia to participate in the exercise. The major aims of the visit are strengthening and development of friendly relations between the navies of the two countries and conduct of joint Naval exercise INDRA NAVY 14.
In the exercise, the Russian Navy was represented by guided-missile cruiser Varyag, destroyer Bystry, large landing craft Peresvet along with supply vessels. Air assets of the Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy were also actively involved in the exercise. The exercise was spread over six days and comprised harbour and sea phases. The sea phase was held from 17 to 19 July 14 off Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan. During the sea phase, ships of the two countries engaged in tactical manoeuvring, defence against un-alerted raids, cross deck helicopter operations, rendering assistance to a ship in distress, replenishment at sea, joint management of anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface warfare.