The sixth edition of IBSMAR-VI, a trilateral naval exercise between the navies of India, Brazil and South Africa was declared open by Captain Sergio Blanco Ozorio, the Combined Task Force Commander during the opening ceremony held at South African Naval Base in Simon’s Town on 02 Oct 18.
National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 04 October 2018
Ops teams from INS Tarkash and INS Kolkata participated in discussions held at Maritime Warfare Training Centre (MWYC) towards finalisation of tactical orders and communication plan for the exercise.
Deck familiarisation of Brazilian and South African aircrew was conducted onboard INS Tarkash. Pilots and aircrew from both the navies were given a brief on the ship’s deck layout, safety facilities available on deck, obstructions and procedures followed onboard for launch and recovery and the circuit path and emergency actions.
Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) teams of INS Tarkash and INS Kolkata visited South African Naval Maritime Warfare Training Centre for simulated firing of R5 (indigenously developed) weapon used by the South African Navy and SA Navy Marines. Participating navies also conducted professional lectures on UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon), Lessons learnt-HADR Ops and Politics & Economics in the Indian Rim.
On Day Three, INS Tarkash and INS Kolkata were open to visitors comprising personnel from South African Navy and Dockyard. Brig Gen Gustav Lategan, Director Joint Force Preparation and Training, South Africa also visited INS Kolkata. A brief walk around of the two ships was conducted for the visitors. Teams comprising Officers and Sailors from both the ships visited South African Ships SAS Protea and SAS Amatola. A medical team from South Africa Defense Medical Health Services visited INS Kolkata and demonstrated the use of stretchers in case of an air evacuation.
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