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India, Russia to conduct joint naval maneuvers off Indian coast

May 27, 2015, 16:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The first planning conference to prepare for the joint Russian-Indian naval exercise Indra Navy-2015 will be held in Vladivostok from June 1 to 4
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Indra-2014 joint naval exercises

Indra-2014 joint naval exercises

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MOSCOW, May 27. /TASS/. The Russian-Indian joint naval exercise Indra Navy-2015 will be conducted in India’s territorial waters, and the first conference on the maneuvers’ planning will be held in early June, spokesman for Russia’s Eastern Military District Alexander Gordeyev said on Wednesday.

"The first planning conference to prepare for the joint Russian-Indian naval exercise Indra Navy-2015 will be held in Vladivostok from June 1 to 4. This year’s joint naval exercise is scheduled to be held in the territorial waters of India," said the spokesman.

According to him, representatives of the Eastern Military District and the Pacific Fleet, as well as India’s Navy "will discuss and agree on the exercise area, the goals and objectives of the naval maneuvers, the materiel and technical support order." "The parties will discuss the timing of the drill, the composition of forces and means of the Indra Navy-2015 joint maneuvers and approve them at the next two planning conferences," Gordeyev said.

Last year, the maneuvers were conducted in the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan area. Then the Russian and Indian warships had gun practise to destroy sea-based and air targets, destroyed a submarine of an imaginary enemy, drilled minefield crossing and repelled an air attack.

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