IBSAMAR VI - Sea Phase II
Indian Naval Ships Tarkash and Kolkata alongwith SAS Amatola, Protea, Gripen and Manthatisi of South African Navy and BNS Barroso of Brazilian Navy participated in the Sea Phase-II of IBSAMAR VI exercise conducted from 09 to 11 October 2018. The Phase-II was aimed at exercising conventional warfare drills including Anti-Submarine exercise, Anti-Surface Gun Firing, Air Defence Exercises, Light line transfer, Transit through Multi Threat area and Boarding operations with a view to enhance interoperability between the three Navies. The Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) exercise was conducted in the form of Combined Boarding Operations. Indian Navy VBSS team carried out boarding operation while the South African and Brazilian Navy Special Forces teams carried out Slithering Operations during the exercise. In addition to a host of other evolutions, the Anti–Submarine exercises with SAS Manthatisi focused on Basic Search, Homing and Attack Exercise while the Anti-Surface Gun firing exercise involved tracking and firing on a surface target by MR Gun.