Indian Security Forces: Joint Exercises

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Sea phase of Indo-Russian tri-service exercise INDRA 2019 off Goa. INS Tarkash, INS Aditya & RuFN ship Yaroslav Mudry in encounter exercise & cross deck flying. Sailors exchanged between IN & RuFN ships followed by air defence exercise involving MiG29K aircraft.
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A combined IN & RuFN boarding team conducted Boarding Exercise to train for anti piracy operations on a hijacked merchant vessel. Other exercises included firing practice, aviation operations & manoeuvres including replenishment at sea.
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INS Trikand entered Mombasa Harbour Kenya on 23 Dec 19, after successfully escorting MV Annika a UN affiliated merchant ship transporting relief material from Berbera, Somaliland, under the World Food Programme.
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Honourble Cabinet Secretary Eugene L. Wamalwa, Ministry of Devolution and ASALs, interacted with media onboard INS Trikand on succesful completion of escort mission of MV Annika (carrying Sorghum under World Food Program) from Berbera to Mombasa.
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Kenya Navy personnel visiting and interacting with Indian Naval Ship Trikand's crew, further strengthening the bond of friendship between India and Kenya in general, and Indian Navy and Kenyan Navy in particular.
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JMSDF ship JS Sazanami is on a three day visit to Mumbai.

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Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force(JMSDF) ship Sazanami arrived at Mumbai on a 3 day visit. Cdr Shoji Ishikawa, CO of JMSDF Ship called on RAdm S J Singh, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet upon arrival at Mumbai Port.
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JMSDF Sazanami participated in a passage exercise(PASSEX) with INS Tarkash in central Arabian Sea. Mutual understanding of operating procedures, communication & exchange best practices. Included Flying Operations by integral SH -60J/K helicopter of the JMSDF.
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IN & JMSDF have attained high levels of interoperability through bilateral and multinational naval exercises. The visit by JMSDF Sazanami further enhances cooperation & strengthen bonds between the two navies.
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Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) ships RNOV Al Rasikh & RNOV Khassab arrived at Mormugao Port, Goa on 05 Jan 20 to participate in the 12th edition of Indo-Oman bilateral naval exercise, Naseem-Al- Bahr (Sea Breeze) a biennial naval exercise between IN & RNO conducted since 1993.

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Indian Navy ships INS Beas & INS Subhadra will exercise with RNO Ships. Harbour phase in Goa will be followed by Sea Phase of Exercise Naseem Al Bahr off Goa.
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India-Japan coast guard exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ set to begin

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Jan 13, 2020, 05.07 PM(IST)
Written By: Sidharth MP

Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Echigo. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

Story highlights: The annual exercise that will be conducted off the Chennai coast on January 16 is aimed at further strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two coast guards.

Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Echigo and her 60-member crew were accorded a ceremonial welcome by the Indian Coast Guard officers at the Chennai port, as it arrived majestically for a five-day goodwill visit during which the Indo-Japan joint-exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ will be conducted.

The annual exercise that will be conducted off the Chennai coast on January 16 is aimed at further strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two coast guards while enhancing interoperability in communication as well as search and rescue procedures and sharing of best practices. In addition to JCG ship Echigo, a total of four ICG ships, their aircraft and a vessel from National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) will participate in the exercise.

In line with a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed between the Indian Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard in 2006, there have been regular interactions including high-level visits, annual joint exercises, training exchanges, workshops and seminars. This is the 19th exercise being conducted between the two Coast Guards.

“Our vessel left from Japan on the December 26 and today we entered Chennai port. As we were moving in we witnessed the spectacular sight of Indian Coast Guard giving us a warm welcome. It was a very touching gesture. Our five-day stay will provide a good opportunity to deepen our relationship and learn mutually”, said Harada Kiyoshi, commanding officer JCG vessel Echigo.

During the stay of JCG ship Echigo in harbour, various activities have been planned including official calls reciprocal visit onboard ships, sporting, cultural interactions and professional interactions between personnel of both the coast guards.

“This edition of Sahyog-Kaijin would primarily focus on search and rescue, anti-piracy and pollution response. Besides the exercises at sea, we will also build camaraderie and fellowship by competing in sporting events such as basketball matches”, Commandant CD Mohapatra, CSO(Operations) told WION.

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India-Japan coast guard exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ set to begin

WION
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Jan 13, 2020, 05.07 PM(IST)
Written By: Sidharth MP

Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Echigo. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

Story highlights: The annual exercise that will be conducted off the Chennai coast on January 16 is aimed at further strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two coast guards.

Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Echigo and her 60-member crew were accorded a ceremonial welcome by the Indian Coast Guard officers at the Chennai port, as it arrived majestically for a five-day goodwill visit during which the Indo-Japan joint-exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ will be conducted.

The annual exercise that will be conducted off the Chennai coast on January 16 is aimed at further strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two coast guards while enhancing interoperability in communication as well as search and rescue procedures and sharing of best practices. In addition to JCG ship Echigo, a total of four ICG ships, their aircraft and a vessel from National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) will participate in the exercise.

In line with a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed between the Indian Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard in 2006, there have been regular interactions including high-level visits, annual joint exercises, training exchanges, workshops and seminars. This is the 19th exercise being conducted between the two Coast Guards.

“Our vessel left from Japan on the December 26 and today we entered Chennai port. As we were moving in we witnessed the spectacular sight of Indian Coast Guard giving us a warm welcome. It was a very touching gesture. Our five-day stay will provide a good opportunity to deepen our relationship and learn mutually”, said Harada Kiyoshi, commanding officer JCG vessel Echigo.

During the stay of JCG ship Echigo in harbour, various activities have been planned including official calls reciprocal visit onboard ships, sporting, cultural interactions and professional interactions between personnel of both the coast guards.

“This edition of Sahyog-Kaijin would primarily focus on search and rescue, anti-piracy and pollution response. Besides the exercises at sea, we will also build camaraderie and fellowship by competing in sporting events such as basketball matches”, Commandant CD Mohapatra, CSO(Operations) told WION.

India-Japan coast guard exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ set to begin


 

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WION’s on-board coverage of Sahyog-Kaijin Indo-Japan Coast Guard exercise

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Jan 17, 2020, 11.21 PM (IST)
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Indo-Japan exercise. Photograph: WION )

World’s fourth-largest Coast Guard (India) and world’s second-largest Coast Guard (Japan) came together for the 19th time as part of the annual 'Sahyog-Kaijin' exercise. The exercise was aimed at improving interoperability, exchanging best practices and validating skill sets and standard operating procedures.

Japanese Coast Guard vessel 'Echigo' was accorded a formal welcome at the Chennai Port on Monday as it arrived for a 5-day goodwill visit that included the exercise.

It was after a twenty-day journey the Japanese vessel reached Indian shores. It left Japan on December 26 last year and reached on January 13.

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During Echigo’s time at the harbour, various activities had been conducted including reciprocal visits onboard ships, sporting, cultural interactions and professional interactions between personnel of both the coast guards.

It was on Thursday that the participating ships set sail from the Chennai harbour for the commencement of the exercises. Four vessels of the Indian Coast Guard and one visiting vessel the JCGS Echigo were there.

The participating vessels were Indian Coast Guard ships Shaurya, Veera, Abheek, C-432 and a vessel from India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) along with the Japanese Ship Echigo. The vessels were supported by fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. An Indian Coast Guard Dornier Aircraft, Chetak helicopter and a Sikorsky Helicopter of the Japanese Coast Guard had taken part in the demonstrations.

The first demonstration was that of a simulated pirate sighting (the vessel of the NIOT was designated as the pirate vessel for the simulation), during which the Coast Guard Dornier Aircraft detected a pirate vessel and relayed the message to the participating vessels following which the flagship ICGS Shaurya and its fleet proceeded on the course of action.

Based on the instructions received, the smaller interceptor vessels, that travel at faster speeds while having high manoeuvring capability, sped towards the pirate vessel. Smaller speedboats laden with coast guard gunmen were lowered from the Shaurya and Echigo and they joined the other vessels in approaching the pirate vessel. They performed a series of close turns around the pirate vessel to interdict it and ensure the surrender of pirates.

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The large interceptor boats fired warning shots (flares) to indicate that the pirates had no option but to surrender. Following this, the gunmen would conduct a board and search operation to understand the nature of cargo being carried by the pirate vessel and to investigate the pirates and rescue hostages.

In line with the Coast Guard’s role of being a saviour at sea, there was a demonstration of external fire suppression. The task was to douse a raging fire on another vessel (simulated using smoke), using the fleets’ onboard pumps.

The helicopters flew by the ships and also displayed their precision drop capability by dropping replenishments within a designated area that had a diameter of around 1–meter. The choppers also demonstrated their search and rescue roles that involved looking for marooned people and winching or airlifting them using a diver.

The exercise concluded with the ceremonial steam past of the vessels and the flypast of the aircraft.

The journey so far and the way ahead

Addressing a press conference after the exercise, the Director-General of Indian Coast Guard K Natarajan said that the apprehension of the pirate vessel MV Alondra Rainbow by the Indian Coast Guard on November 16, 1999, off India’s West coast, had marked the beginning of dedicated, focussed and regular interaction between the Coast Guards of India and Japan. He stated that the apprehension of the vessel brought out the significance of a coordinated operation and encouraged the policymakers to have a series of conferences and meetings to discuss issues of various crimes at sea.

According to Admiral Takahiro Okushima, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard, the relationship between the two forces has been steadily enhanced and the major takeaway has been the validation of procedures.

The Director-General and the Admiral agreed that many countries have felt the need to develop their Coast Guard due to the economic issues arising from the smuggling of gold and other precious metals, drugs, illegal wealth extraction and human trafficking.

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Speaking to WION, DG K Natarajan said, “Currently we have 145 ships and 62 aircraft in our fleet and we hope to reach 200 ships and 100 aircraft by 2025. Fifty ships are currently under construction and we will also be acquiring the Advanced Light Helicopter Mk3 developed in India besides the twin-engine advanced helicopter. We aim to integrate our different radars with the vessel traffic management system and are ready to meet all requirements.”

When asked about the future cooperation with foreign countries, he said, “Australia, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia are willing to sign agreements. On the challenges pertaining to signalling and communications during exercises with foreign forces, he said, “mariners have no language and we communicate using signs and flag languages. Be it a warship or fishermen, we have abbreviated codes – International Code of Signals(Interco). When it comes to the Indian coast, we communicate with fishermen in the Indian languages that are spoken in the respective regions.”

“Only by accumulating experience can we improve the skill and deal with challenges. We will have more and more events happening every year, but the level of criminals go up every year and we have to constantly improve our level and continue these exercises in future,” Admiral Takahiro Okushima told WION on the significance of greater cooperation and exercises.

WION’s on-board coverage of Sahyog-Kaijin Indo-Japan Coast Guard exercise | WION
 

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These two ships, INS Shayadri and INS Kiltan has been out on continuous deployment for at least 9 months now. Incredible !

It began on May 2019 with the joint exercise with the JMSDF in the Andaman sea :

"Indian Navy & JMSDF conduct Passage Exercises(PASSEX) in Andaman Sea with INS Sahyadri, JS Izumo & JS Murasame. The ships conducted intensive Maritime Ops including tactical manoeuvres & AS exercises on expendable target EMATT. This was fifth such interaction of INS Sahyadri with Japanese ships in last one year having interacted previously during MALABAR 18, RIMPAC 18, KAKADU 18 & JIMEX 18."

Andaman sea is heating up. Firsts with back to back mil sat launches, recent back to back air-launched and land-launched Brahmos cruise missile and now this. A&N command will transform to full sized tri-service millatary command that openly assists and takes assistance from the Quad+

Fifth interaction between INS Sahyadri and JS Izumo, the crew must know each other rather well by now. What are they cooking ? Joint ops in the future ?

Sahyadri is one beautiful thing. If only she had better radars.
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After deployment in the Andaman sea for about a month, they entered Laem Chabang Port in Thailand on August 31 2019 for a joint exercise :

Two warships of Navy : INS Sahyadri & INS Kiltan, on Overseas Deployment have entered Laem Chabang port of Thailand on 31 August.
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Navy ships INS Sahyadri & INS Kiltan under takes maneuvers during Passage Exercise(PASSEX) with Royal Thai Navy Ship HTMS Rattanakosin upon leaving Laem Chabang port at Thailand after a successful visit.

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Then onto Cambodia :

Navy ships INS Sahyadri & INS Kiltan, on Overseas Deployment entered Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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INS Sahyadri entering Sihanoukville, Cambodia, against the backdrop of the Kaoh Puos bridge.
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People visiting the ships :
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Then Malaysia on 12th September 2019 :

INS Sahyadri & INS Kiltan, the indigenously designed and built multi-role ships of the Indian Navy entered port of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on 12th September. The ships would be participating in the bilateral exercise 'Samudra Laksamana'.

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INS Sahyadri, INS Kiltan of Indian Navy and KD Kelantan of Royal Malaysian Navy cast off from Sepanggar Naval Base for the sea phase of Exercise SAMUDRA LAKSAMANA-19. During the next two days, the two navies will conduct tactical manoeuvres in South China Sea.

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Then of course the Malabar 2019 in the Sea of Japan. Exercise began on 25th September 2019 and ended on October 8th.

RAdm Koji Kaneshima of the JMSDF with Captain Ravi Kumar, CO INAS 312 Indian Navy & Captain Mathew Rutherford, Commander Task Force 72 US Navy at the commencement ceremony of Malabar 2019 MPRA Operations.

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Indian Navy ships INS Sahyadri & INS Kiltan, with RAdm Suraj Berry FOCEF embarked arrive at Sasebo, Japan to participate in 23rd Trilateral Maritime exercise Malabar-2019

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Sea phase of the Malabar 2019 begins :
30 SEP, JMSDF,US Navy and Indian Navy conducted various exercises such as Dry RAS training, conduced by JS OUMI (AOE426), INS SAHYADRI (F49) and INS KILTAN(P30) and the Leap Frog training, conducted by JS CHOKAI (DDG176) ,JS SAMIDARE (DD106) and USS MACCAMPBEL (DDG85).
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INS Shivalik(F47) pic from US Navy records of previous year's Malabar exercise.
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After Malabar a joint exercise with Philippines on October 24th 2019 :

Indian Navy Ships INS Sahyadri & INS Kiltan arrived at Manila Philippines. A warm welcome was extended by Philippine Navy. Official Calls, Professional Interaction & PASSEX planned.

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Then began the long patrol of the South China Sea. After a week of patrol the ships carried out their first Replenishment At Sea(RAS) operation with the US Pacific fleet tanker Richard E Byrd on 6th November 2019. After the fueling the ships continued patrol of the South China Sea.

US Pacific Fleet USNS Richard E Byrd and Indian Navy corvette INS Kiltan(P30) connect in South China Sea for underway replenishment. INS Kiltan has been operating in the South China Sea for months by herself. That little corvette shows far more persistence that much larger Chinese vessels that come to the Indian Ocean, most Chinese vessels leave in less than a week.

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Now look at that photo in the tweet that I quoted. It seems INS Kiltan has fueled up from the US ship Richard E Byrd in the South China Sea again. It is very likely that INS Kiltan is sailing in formation with the US Pacific fleet in the South China Sea. The time gap between the two refueling is about 3 months. So by the time she needs another refueling she would be out on the sea for more than a year. Also INS Shayadri seems to have disappeared somewhere, she was last seen in the Philippines. I wonder where she is now, with the fleet ?

What a ship the Kamorta class is !! An ASW corvette out on the seas halfway around the world for 9 months and she has no intention of stopping. We really should've ordered more of those. Ordering just 3 is nothing short of criminal.