India, UK hold joint maritime exercise 'Konkan' in Arabian Sea

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India, UK hold joint maritime exercise 'Konkan' in Arabian Sea

The annual bilateral maritime exercise 'Konkan' between the Indian Navy and UK's Royal Navy was held off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea from March 20-22. 

An overview of the news

  • The joint exercise by both the navies demonstrated operational readiness, enhanced interoperability and improved capability to conduct joint operations.

  • INS Trishul, a Guided Missile Frigate, and HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 Guided Missile Frigate, participated in 'Konkan 2023' and conducted several maritime exercises to enhance interoperability and imbibe best practices.

  • The exercise covered all domains of maritime operations, air, surface and subsurface.

  • India and the UK agreed on new cooperation on maritime domain awareness, including new agreements on maritime information sharing,

  • The UK has been invited to join India's Information Fusion Center in Gurugram.

About 'Konkan' exercise

  • It is a bilateral naval exercise conducted between India and the United Kingdom.

  • The Konkan series of exercises was started in 2004.

  • Since then, the exercise is conducted by both the navies in rotation.

  • The exercise provided excellent training to the personnel of both the navies.

Other Exercises between India and UK

  • Exercise ‘Indradhanush’ (Air Force Exercise)

  • 'Ajeya Warrior' (Joint Military Exercise)

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