New Delhi: While the movements of the Chinese Navy have increased in the Indian Ocean, the Indian and Russian Navy have initiated exercises. The India-Russia naval exercise Indra was conducted even in September. Thus, this second round of practice that is happening after a two-month gap draws attention.
On Friday, seeking opportunity on the occasion of Indian Navy Day, India and Russia initiated this two-day naval exercise. INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt warships and other fighter helicopters were participating in the practice on behalf of the Indian Navy. At the same time, Russian missile cruiser Varyag and anti-submarine destroyer ship Admiral Panteleyev had participated on behalf of Russia in this war exercise.
This two-day exercise will focus on the anti-submarine war exercise and study of ammunition. Moreover, this exercise has been organised with the intent of strengthening the India-Russia cooperation. Meanwhile, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh recently asserted that the Indian Navy is fully prepared to counter the Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean.
Besides, after the Chinese betrayal in the Galwan Valley, Indian Ambassador to Russia, D. B. Venkatesh Varma, appealed to Russia to accept an aggressive front in the Pacific Ocean. India and Russia hold equal interests in the Indo-Pacific. Furthermore, Varma expressed that he expects stability and economic prosperity in the region. Against this background, this naval exercise becomes significant.