INDRA-2009 is expected to start on January 26. INDRA is a biennial Indo-Russian joint naval exercise to promote cooperation in enforcing maritime law and countering piracy, terrorism, and drug smuggling. INDRA-2009 is the fourth such exercise since 2003.
Some of the interesting features of INDRA-2009 are:
- Some of the participating Russian ships:
- Russia’s Northern Fleet: Pyotr Veliky (BCGN 099) nuclear-powered missile cruiser, commissioned in 1996.
- Russia’s Pacific Fleet: Admiral Vinogradov (DDG 572), an Udaloy class destroyer, commissioned in 1988 (took part in INDRA 2007 also).
- Russian Boris Chilikin class fleet oiler: Boris Butoma, built in 1978.
- Russian Dubna class oiler: Pechenga built in 1978 (also took part in INDRA 2005, 2007).
- Rescue tugboat Fotiy Krylov
- From Indian Navy, a Delhi-class destroyer, a guided-missile frigate are expected to take part with other warships.
- The five day exercise is to be held in the Arabian Sea.
- The Russian warships will also make a port call at Goa.
After the exercises, the Russian warships will pay visits to several ports in Indonesia and China.
Here are some photographs:
Pyotr Veliky (BCGN 099) nuclear-powered missile cruiser
Admiral Vinogradov (DDG 572), an Udaloy class destroyer
Here is an interesting video clip of Russian Navy.
Post in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:
Update: January 27
INDRA 2009 has commenced and the Indian guided-missile destroyer INS Delhi is taking part in the first stage of exercise which will last until January 29. Thereafter the Russian cruiser Pyotr Veliky will enter the port of Marmugao from January 29-31. Read more from RIA Novosti.
Update: January 29
Russian nuclear powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky has entered Goa on a two days visit for fresh water and food supply. Thereafter second stage of INDRA would commence. It is further reported that Admiral Levchenko destroyer from the Northern Fleet would also participate in the INDRA-2009 exercise. Read more from RIA Novosti.
It is further reported that the Russian Ambassador to India Vyacheslav Trubnikov, also witnessed the exercises which involved several difficult manoeuvres including destroying aircraft carriers for the benefit of the Indian Navy. Read more from Web India 123.
Update: January 31
Russia’s Pyotr Veliky missile cruiser has left the port of Mormugao and headed for the Somali coast to participate in the second stage of the INDRA-2009, which involves practicing joint anti-piracy operations. Read more from RIA Novosti.
Update: February 04
Seven amazing photographs of the nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Veliky’s visit to Goa after taking part in the first stage of the Indra-2009 are now available. View photographs from RIA Novosti.
Update: February 12
Russian and Indian warships have completed the final stage of the INDRA-2009 joint naval exercises. Read more from RIA Novosti.
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