INDO-RUSSIAN BILATERAL NAVAL EXERCISE (INDRA NAVY 2016)
The 9th edition of exercise Indra Navy, between the Indian Navy and the Russian Federation Navy was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from December 14-21, 2016. The primary aim of exercise was to increase interoperability amongst the two navies and develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The first exercise was held in 2003. The Indian Navy was represented by INS Ranvir (guided missile destroyer), INS Satpura (indigenous frigate) and INS Kamorta (an indigenous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette). In addition, an Indian Navy submarine, P8I long range maritime patrol aircraft, Dornier short range maritime patrol aircraft, Hawk advanced jet trainer and other integral rotary-wing helicopters participated in the exercise. The Russian Navy was represented by Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhalov, Deputi Chief of Flotilla, Pacific Fleet and ships Admiral Tributus (cruiser) and Boris Butoma (fleet tanker).