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Russia, India begin active phase of naval drills

December 10, 2015, 8:22 UTC+3 VISAKHAPATNAM
Following the onshore phase (on December 7-9), the sailors will practise antisubmarine operations and a live-fire exercise involving surface and aerial targets in the Bay of Bengal
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Russian-Indian Indra drills in 2007 (archive)

Russian-Indian Indra drills in 2007 (archive)

© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Sayapin

VISAKHAPATNAM, December 10. /TASS/. Russian and Indian warships have left the naval base in the city of Visakhapatnam in India’s south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, starting the second - active - phase of the 8th joint naval exercise Indra that ends on December 12.

Following the onshore phase (on December 7-9), the sailors will practise antisubmarine operations and a live-fire exercise involving surface and aerial targets in the Bay of Bengal. The scenario also provides for assault teams supported by helicopters to reclaim a ship seized by simulated terrorists.

The Indian Navy has furnished the Shivalik-class Sahyadri multirole frigate, Soviet-built Project 61-ME Nadyozhny-class Ranvir destroyer, Shakti tanker carrying the combined exercise-directing staff, Project 877EKM Sindhuvir diesel-electric submarine, a Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol plane, a Dornier Do-228 coast guard plane, two BAE Systems Hawk Mk132 trainers and several helicopters for the exercise.

The Russian Navy has dispatched the Project 1164 (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) Varyag guided missile cruiser, Project 956 (Sovremenny-class) Bystry destroyer, Boris Butoma oceangoing tanker and Alatau rescue tug to participate in Indra 2015.

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