INS Sunayana participated in Operation Southern Readiness - 2023

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INS-Sunayana-participated-in-Operation-Southern-Readiness---2023INS Sunayna participated in 'Operation Southern Readiness 2023' conducted by the Combined Maritime Force (CMF) being conducted off Seychelles from 10 to 12 July. India is not a member country of this CMF.

An Overview of the news:

  • It was aimed at strengthening multilateral relations and enhancing cooperation through CMF exercise in the region.
  • It is a multinational initiative which mainly focuses on four areas; These are: 
    • Defeat Terrorism,
    • Stopping Piracy,
    • Encourage regional cooperation and
    • Promoting a safe marine environment.
  • During the visit, personnel from the participating navies of the US, Italy, UK, Seychelles Defense Forces and Marine Police, EUNAVFOR member states were involved in extensive professional interactions, subject matter expert exchanges and visits.
  • During this, a joint yoga session was conducted onboard with the participation of the ship's crew as well as personnel from Seychelles Defense Forces and CMF.
  • A CMF delegation from Bahrain, led by Commodore Oliver, Commander CTF 56, oversaw the training exercises onboard.

Importance of CMF Exercise:

  • The CMF reinforces the Indian Navy's commitment to maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.


  • Capital: Victoria
  • Currency: Seychelles Rupee
  • President: Wavel Ramkalawan

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