India and Russia will be holding the tenth edition of INDRA naval exercise in Vishakhapatnam from 9 to 16 December, The New Indian Express has reported. The naval exercise was started in 2003. It has matured over the years with increase in scope, complexity and level of participation.
Russian Federation Navy Ships Varyag, Admiral Panteleyev and Boris Butoma have arrived in Vishakapatnam to participate in the exercise. Indian Navy would be represented by INS Ranvir (a guided missile destroyer), INS Satpura (an indigenous frigate), INS Kadmatt (indigenous anti-submarine warfare corvette) and INS Jyoti (fleet tanker) among others.
This edition of INDRA will be held in two phases. The first phase, Harbour Phase would be held in the at Vishakapatnam from 9-12 December. It will include planning conferences, professional interactions, cultural visits and sports fixtures. Formal calls between flag officers and senior officers of participating navies will also be a part of the first phase. This naval exercise is aimed at increasing interoperability amongst the two navies.
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