Bharat focuses on East Africa with new series of naval exercises
As it wrapped up on Saturday, the first-ever India-Mozambique-Tanzania Trilateral Maritime Exercise (IMT TRILAT) opened a new chapter in the Indian Navy’s growing efforts to bolster the security of Africa’s east coast Southern and the Indian Ocean region as a whole. .
Stealth guided missile frigate INS Tarkash, a Chetak helicopter and Marine Commando Force (MARCOS) personnel – Bharat’s only special forces trained and equipped to conduct special operations in a maritime environment – took part in the Three-day joint exercise between the Indian , Mozambican and Tanzanian navies which began in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, on October 27.
While the port phase saw capacity building activities such as small arms training; joint diving operations; damage control and firefighting drills in addition to cross-deck surveys, the sea phase included boat operations, fleet maneuvers, survey, boarding, search and seizure operations, helicopter operations, small arms fire, formation anchoring and EEZ patrols.
The exercise, the Indian Navy said, had three main objectives: developing capabilities to deal with common threats through training and sharing best practices, improving interoperability and enhancing maritime cooperation.
“These exercises reflect the commitment of India and the Indian Navy to enhancing maritime security and cooperation with maritime neighbors in the Indian Ocean region and promoting SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the region” , he said in a statement.
As reported by IndiaNarrative.com earlier, India’s naval ship Tarkash has forged new partnerships and strengthened old ones during its long-range overseas deployment.
Marking a new level of strategic convergence, he visited Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, followed by maritime partnership exercises with the Sudanese Navy and Royal Moroccan Navy ships off the port of Casablanca.
He also participated in the first joint operational deployment by India and Nigeria in support of counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and in IBSAMAR with the Brazilian and South African navies off the South African coast of Port Grequhrea, also known as Port Elisabeth.
The exercises not only strengthen bilateral naval ties, but also reinforce the Indian Navy’s operational philosophy of mission-based deployments, in which ships are regularly deployed to maritime areas of interest to India to to guarantee the protection of national interests.
As it assumes the presidency of the G20 for one year from December, India has made it clear that it will always remain a friend of Africa in all weathers and that the development of long-standing people-to-people ties with African countries will be its top priority.
While Mozambique benefits from a privileged geographical location with its 2500 km long coast bordering the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is a natural and efficient gateway to transport to Eastern, Southern and Central Africa with its three ports. in deep water at Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Mtwara which serve six neighboring landlocked countries of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia and Malawi.
In July 2019, Mozambique was the first country visited by Rajnath Singh after taking office as the country’s defense minister. It was also the first ever visit by a Bhartiya Defense Minister to the African country.
As Mozambique sought Bharat’s cooperation to deal with the growing threat of terrorism and radicalization, Singh had assured New Delhi’s full support to Maputo.
He also handed over two Indian-made Fast Interceptor Boats (FIBs) to the Mozambican Navy for coastal surveillance.
Boosting Indo-Mozambican defense cooperation, Singh held talks with Mozambican Defense Minister Cristovao Artur Chume on the sidelines of the 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar last week.
Similarly, last August, Singh held bilateral talks with Tanzanian Minister of Defense and National Service, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, in New Delhi, as the two ministers reviewed existing military activities and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in all areas with emphasis on defense industry cooperation.
Tax had also visited the Wargaming Development Center (WARDEC); the Information Fusion Center – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) and held meetings with Indian Defense Industries in Hyderabad.
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