The joint maritime exercises of the Indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy, INDRA NAVY-2018, currently in progress in Vizag, the headquarters of Eastern Naval Command (ENC).
INDRA NAVY-2018, the bilateral maritime exercises of Indian Navy and Russia Federation Navy (RuFN) are taking place from 9th to 16th December off Vizag, a press release by the Indian Navy stated. The naval exercises are in their tenth edition, and aim to increase interoperability and develop common understanding of procedures for maritime security, improve cooperation and sharing of best practices between the navies of the two countries. According to the press release, the Indian Navy ships will be under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet. While the ships of the Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) would be commanded by Rear Admiral Mikhailov Edward Evgenievich, Chief of Headquarters, Submarine Forces, Pacific Fleet, and ships from the Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok.
This time around the INDRA NAVY will comprise of two phases- The Harbour Phase, which will take place from from 9th to 12th December, and the Sea Phase which will take place from from 13th to 16th December.