The Indian Navy’s INS Visakhapatnam and INS Trikand have embarked on a collaborative maritime partnership exercise with the UAE Navy, bolstering interoperability and cooperative efforts between the two nations in addressing everyday challenges such as piracy, smuggling, and humanitarian relief operations.

In a display of bilateral naval cooperation, two Indian Naval Ships, INS Visakhapatnam and INS Trikand, arrived at Port Rashid, Dubai, to participate in a planned bilateral Naval Maritime Partnership Exercise alongside the UAE Navy.

Rear Admiral Vineet McCarty, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, led the joint effort to enhance the synergy and professionalism of both naval forces.

The exercise, which took place after two days of planning, aimed to bolster the tactical, technical, and procedural cross-training between the two naval powers.

This joint venture seeks to solidify the foundation of mutual understanding and collaboration, paving the way for shared strategies and tactics. Moreover, it aims to foster stronger professional bonds, ultimately contributing to greater regional maritime security.

During his visit, Rear Admiral McCarty engaged with Brigadier Abdullah Farj Al Mehairbi, the UAE Naval Forces Deputy Commander at Abu Dhabi Naval Command. The two naval forces expressed their commitment to joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, demonstrating their readiness to respond to critical situations.

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Highlighting the strategic significance of this partnership, Rear Admiral McCarty also met with H.E. Shri Sunjay Sudhir, the Ambassador of India to the UAE. The admiral discussed the roadmap of Navy-to-Navy cooperation between India and the UAE, emphasising the growth of defence relations guided by the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership shared between the two nations.

Constructed by the Mazagaon Docks Limited, INS Visakhapatnam stands as one of the largest operational destroyers in the Indian Navy, representing a feat of indigenous engineering and design. Meanwhile, INS Trikand, commissioned in 2013, showcases advanced stealth technology.

This joint naval exercise is a testament to the growing cooperation and synergy between the Indian Navy and the UAE Navy. Both nations join forces to address shared maritime challenges and pave the way for a more secure and stable regional environment.

The exercise is a step toward strengthening ties and enhancing maritime security for the mutual benefit of India and the UAE.