The navies of Oman and India are conducting a bilateral maritime exercise, called Naseem Al Bahr, in the Arabian Sea.
Two Royal Oman Navy ships; RNOV Al-Shamikh, a corvette; and RNOV Al-Seeb, a fast attack craft; and the Indian INS Trikand and INS Trishul will participate in the drill. Additionally, a fast attack craft, maritime patrol aircraft, and integral helicopters will also participate in the bilateral exercise.
The exercise has been designed to boost interoperability and mutual benefit from the experiences of both the navies.
The tenth Naseem Al Bahr exercise is divided into two phases, the ‘Harbour’ and the ‘Sea’ phase.
The Harbour phase enumerates a range of professional activities, which will include actions like professional interactions, courtesy calls, social and sporting interactions, and planning conferences.
The Sea phase will include different aspects of maritime operations, featuring navigation and seamanship evolutions, surface firing, force protection and anti-piracy exercises, as well as flying operations.
The ninth Naseem Al Bahr exercise was conducted in Muscat in September, which included measures to enhance disaster management and tackling potential water-borne threats of terrorism and piracy.
The ships are also scheduled to participate in the International Fleet Review, scheduled at Visakhapatnam from 4 to 9 February 2016.
India and Oman are also members of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and co-operative initiative between 35 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which is believed to have also paved the way to cooperate and coordinate in the tactical military exercise.