National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 02 October 2018
The sixth edition of IBSAMAR, a joint Multi – National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies, is being held at Simons Town, South Africa from 01 – 13 Oct 18. The last edition of IBSAMAR (IBSAMAR V) was conducted off Goa, from 19 – 26 Feb 16. The aim of the exercise is to undertake collective training for participating navies, building interoperability and mutual understanding as well as sharing of best practices.
The Indian Navy is represented in IBSAMAR VI by Guided Missile Frigate Tarkash, Guided Missile Destroyer Kolkata, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Seaking and Chetak helicopters as well as a MARCOS contingent. The exercise includes both harbour and sea phases aimed at sharing benefits from each other’s experiences. Regular interaction over the years has resulted in substantial increase in the complexity and professional content of the exercise. The current edition of the exercise would include various navigation and seamanship evolutions, surface weapons firing, force protection exercises, antipiracy exercise, anti-air and anti-submarine exercise as well as flying operations. Apart from professional activities, sports and social engagements are also planned.
The Commanding Officers of the IN Ships called on the Chief of Fleet Staff of the SA Navy as well as a few other senior officers and the Magistrate and the Commissioner of Simon’s Town. A reception was hosted onboard the Brazilian naval ship BNS Barraso in the evening.
Naval cooperation is a tangible symbol of commitment of participating nations in ensuring a positive climate at sea for enhancing strategic stability and promoting economic prosperity. With the Indian Government’s stated aim of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR), the Indian Navy strives to promote the shared objective of maintaining a secure and stable maritime environment in the region. Indian Naval assets have been deployed across the span of the IOR to address maritime piracy as well as to conduct humanitarian aid missions at short notice. In addition, the Indian Navy has been actively involved in capability and capacity building of countries of the Indian Ocean Region in Hydrographic Survey, Search and Rescue as well as Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).