The Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy are taking part in a bilateral maritime exercise, known as ‘Samudra Shakti’.

The two-day exercise is being held near to Sunda Strait from 20 to 22 September.

This is the third edition of Samudra Shakti, which aims to strengthen maritime cooperation between the two navies and bolster friendship bonds across the Indo Pacific.

It also seeks to improve bilateral relationship and enhance mutual understanding and maritime interoperability between the navies of the two nations.

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) noted that the exercise will serve as a platform to share best practices and develop a common understanding of maritime security operations between India and Indonesia.

The exercise will include complex maritime operations such as air defence serials, weapon firings, cross deck landings, military interdiction operations, replenishment approaches, and tactical manoeuvres.

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The Indian Navy’s multi-role guided missile stealth frigate INS Shivalik and anti-submarine corvette INS Kadmatt are representing the service in the exercise.

These ships form part of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The long-range, multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft P8I is also taking part.

The KRI Bung Tomo, KRI Malahayati and maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft CN-235 are participating in the exercise on behalf of the Indonesian Navy.

All safety precautions are being followed in light of the ongoing pandemic.