Russian Warships Arrive at Indian Port

Guided missile cruiser Varyag

 

A group of ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet has arrived at India’s main naval base to take part in the week-long Indra Navy-2015 drills, the fleet’s spokesman said on Saturday.

“The guided missile cruiser Varyag, the destroyer Bystry, a tanker and a rescue tug anchored at the Vishakhapatnam naval base of India’s eastern Naval Command,” Captain Roman Martov told RIA Novosti.

“The active phase of the Indra Navy-2015 exercises will take place in the Bay of Bengal from December 10 to December 12. The Russian and Indian fleets will be practicing joint actions at sea, including anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship defense scenarios,” the spokesman added.The Indra Navy-2015 drill will wrap up on December 12 with a closing meeting on board India’s Sahyadri frigate and a ceremonial send-off for the Russian naval group at sea, Captain Martov said.

Russia and India have maintained a close partnership in military and technical cooperation for decades. The two countries have been conducting joint military drills annually since 2003.

 

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Russia Pacific Fleet Ships Practice Air Defense at Indra Navy-2015 Drills

The guided missile cruiser Varyag of the Russian Pacific Fleet

A group of ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet carried out combat task duties while participating in the Russian-Indian drills Indra Navy-2015, a fleet statement announced Wednesday.

On Wednesday, a portion of the Russian Pacific Fleet, including guided-missile cruiser Varyag, destroyer Bystry, tanker Boris Butoma, and rescue tug vessel Alatau entered the Indian Ocean through the Strait of Malacca.

“While conducting combat service tasks, the ships’ crews worked through air defense tasks, an anti-terror unit carried out training, anti-ship exercises were conducted as well,” the statement said.

Earlier, the Russian Pacific Fleet group left the Russian city of Vladivostok on November 2 and headed to the Visakhapatnam port, India. Further expansion of friendly relations between the fleets of the two countries and a continuation of the ongoing Indra Navy-2015 drills are the main purposes of the visit.

The active phase of the drills will take place December 10-12. Russian and Indian fleets are expected to work through anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship defense scenarios.