INS Trikand participates in International Maritime Exercise / Cutlass Express 23

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International Maritime Exercise/ Cutlass Express 2023 (IMX/CE-23)

INS Trikand is participating in the International Maritime Exercise/ Cutlass Express 2023 (IMX/CE-23) being held in the Gulf region from 26 February to 16 March 2023.

An overview of the news

  • The exercise is being conducted with more than 50 countries and international maritime agencies with the common objective of enhancing maritime security and securing sea lanes in the region for maritime commerce.

  • IMX/CE-23 is one of the largest multinational maritime exercises in the world. 

  • This is the Indian Navy’s maiden IMX participation.

  • It also marks the second occasion where an Indian Naval ship is participating in an exercise conducted by the CMF. 

  • Earlier, in November 2022, INS Trikand had participated in the CMF led Operation Sea Sword 2.

  • Participation in exercises such as Sea Sword 2 and IMX/CE-23 enables the Indian Navy to strengthen ties with maritime partners in the IOR and enhance interoperability and collective maritime capability.

  • It also enables the Navy to make a constructive contribution to regional stability and security.

INS Trikand

  • It is a state-of-the-art Guided Missile Stealth Frigate.

  • It is part of the Western Fleet which functions under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, based at Mumbai.

  • It is the third and last ship of the second batch of Talwar-class frigates ordered by the Indian Navy.

  • It was built by the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia.

  • It was inducted into the Indian Navy on 29 June 2013.

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