Indian Navy and the Royal Navy are conducting Exercise Konkan 2009 in U.K waters for the first time. Sea phase of Konkan, has commenced on June 20. Four exercises have been conducted so far since 2004.
Some interesting features of Konkan 2009 that commenced last week are:
- Conducted every year as a bilateral exercise to build maritime interoperability and mutual understanding.
- Indian Navy ships reached Portsmouth on June 17 to take part in the exercise.
- Indian Navy Ships participating in the exercise
- INS Delhi (D 61), Indian built Delhi class destroyer
- INS Brahmaputra (F 31) Indian built Brahmaputra class frigate (Type 16A), after goodwill visit to Israel.
- INS Beas (F 37), Indian built Brahmaputra class frigate
- INS Aditya (A 59), Indian built oil tanker
- Royal Navy Ships participating in the exercise along with an RAF Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft
- HMS Westminster ( F 237), Type 23 Duke class frigate
- HMS Northumberland (F 238), Type 23 Duke class frigate
- HMS Trafalgar (S 107), Trafalgar Class (SSN) Fleet Submarine, nuclear powered
- RFA Mounts Bay, Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary) of Royal Fleet Auxiliary
- RFA Fort Rosalie, Fleet Replenishment Ship
- Harbour phase:
- training alongside
- visits to naval establishments in and around Portsmouth including sight seeing
- a sports competition for the Konkan Cup, currently held by the Royal Navy
- Sea Phase:
- from June 20 for six days
- anti-submarine warfare
- practise anti-air and anti-surface skills, including boarding operations
- exchange of personnel to experience life at sea
- In addition, a team of Indian Navy divers will also be conducting Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training with the Plymouth-based Southern Diving Group.
Konkan 2008 was conducted off Goa in April/May last year.
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