The Indian Navy (IN) and the Myanmar Navy (MN) began their first-ever bilateral exercise on 25 March to further strengthen co-operation and inter-operability between the services.
The nine-day ‘IMNEX-18’ exercise is being held in the Bay of Bengal in two phases: the first one is a five-day harbour phase at Visakhapatnam, while the second one will incorporate four days of “complex operations [at sea], including fleet manoeuvres, gun firings and co-ordinated anti-submarine exercises,” according to a statement by the IN.
For the drills the IN is fielding anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta , Shivalik (Project 17)-class frigate INS Sahyadri and a Type 877EKM ‘Kilo’-class submarine.
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