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SAMUDRA SHAKTI - EXERCISE BETWEEN INDIA AND INDONESIA

SAMUDRA SHAKTI - EXERCISE BETWEEN INDIA AND INDONESIA

Context:

On 18 Sep 21, Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt arrived at Jakarta, Indonesia to participate in the 3rd edition ‘Samudra Shakti’ with the Indonesian Navy scheduled off the approaches to Sunda Strait from 20 Sep to 22 Sep 21.

The Participating Ships:

  • Indian Navy Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt are amongst the latest indigenously designed and built multi-role Guided Missile Stealth Frigate and Anti-Submarine Corvette respectively, and form part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, based at Visakhapatnam, under the Eastern Naval Command.
  • The Indian Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare capable Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft P8I is also participating in the exercise.
  • KRI Bung Tomo, KRI Malahayati and Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft CN-235 are representing the Indonesian Navy.

About Samudra Shakti:

  • It is a bilateral exercise between the Indonesian Navy and the Indian Navy.
  • It aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship, enhance mutual understanding and interoperability in maritime operations between both navies.
  • It will also give a platform to share best practices and develop a common understanding of Maritime Security Operations.
  • Under India’s Act East Policy, Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ was conceived in 2018 as a bilateral IN-IDN exercise.
  • It has matured in complexity over the last 2 editions and involves the conduct of complex maritime operations including Military Interdiction Operations (MIO), Practice Weapon Firings, Cross Deck Landings, Air Defence serials, Replenishment Approaches and Tactical Manoeuvres.

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