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MILAN 2024

On 19th February, 2024, USS Halsey and IRIS Dena join MILAN 2024 despite tensions in Red Sea.

  • India hosts MILAN exercise, welcoming USS Halsey to Visakhapatnam.
  • Iran-US relations strained amidst Red Sea conflicts and Houthis' involvement.
  • India's role as mediator showcases growing diplomatic-defense prowess.
  • MILAN 2024 begins with over 50 countries participating, emphasizing maritime cooperation for a secure future.

Joint Military Exercise 'SADA TANSEEQ' Commences in Rajasthan

On 29th January, 2024, the first-ever India-Saudi Arabia Joint Military Exercise, named 'SADA TANSEEQ,' commenced in Mahajan, Rajasthan, with both nations deploying contingents for the 12-day exercise.

Key Points

  • Objective of the Exercise: The primary aim of 'SADA TANSEEQ' is to train troops from both nations for Joint Operations in Semi Desert terrain, aligning with Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
  • Focus Areas: The exercise will focus on sharing best practices in tactics, techniques, and procedures for operations in the sub-conventional domain, promoting interoperability and building camaraderie between the troops.
  • Strengthening Bonds: 'SADA TANSEEQ' serves as a platform for both contingents to strengthen their bonds, fostering shared security objectives, enhancing defence cooperation, and nurturing bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia.
  • Strategic Significance: The exercise will contribute to achieving shared security goals, deepen the level of defence collaboration, and further solidify the friendly relations between the two nations.

India-Egypt Joint Special Forces Exercise CYCLONE

A contingent of 25 Indian Army personnel arrived in Egypt on 22nd January, 2024 to participate in the 2nd edition of the India-Egypt Joint Special Forces Exercise CYCLONE, taking place in Anshas, Egypt, from January 22 to February 1, 2024.

Key Points

  • Objective of the Exercise: Exercise CYCLONE focuses on familiarizing both sides with operating procedures in the context of Special Operations in desert and semi-desert terrains, adhering to Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
  • Phases of the Exercise:
    • First Phase - Military Exhibitions and Tactical Interactions: The initial phase involves showcasing military exhibitions and engaging in tactical interactions to enhance mutual understanding.
    • Second Phase - IED Training and Combat First Aid: The subsequent phase concentrates on training related to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), counter IED measures, and Combat First Aid.
    • Third Phase - Joint Tactical Exercise: The final phase encompasses Joint Tactical Exercises centred on Fighting in Built-up Areas and Hostage Rescue Scenarios.
  • Shared Objectives: The Exercise serves as a platform for both contingents to share best practices, strengthen their camaraderie, and achieve shared security objectives, promoting bilateral relations between the two nations.

India-Kyrgyzstan 'Khanjar' Joint Special Forces Exercise

The 11th edition of the India-Kyrgyzstan annual joint Special Forces exercise, 'Khanjar,' kicked off on 22nd January, 2024, at the Special Forces Training School in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh, marking an annual collaboration between the two nations.

Key Points

  • Exercise Objectives: The primary aim of 'Khanjar' is to facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices in counter-terrorism and Special Forces operations. Special emphasis is placed on operations in built-up areas and mountainous terrains as outlined in Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
  • Skill Development: The exercise focuses on enhancing Special Forces skills, incorporating advanced techniques of insertion and extraction in challenging terrains, fostering a collaborative learning environment.
  • Addressing Common Concerns: 'Khanjar' provides a platform to address shared concerns related to international terrorism and extremism. The collaborative effort aims to fortify defence ties between India and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Showcasing Indigenous Defence Equipment: Additionally, the exercise serves as an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge indigenous defence equipment, highlighting the capabilities of both nations in the defence sector.

India and UAE Navies Conduct Joint Military Exercise

In a collaborative effort to strengthen maritime security cooperation, the navies of India and the UAE recently engaged in a military exercise, involving Indian naval ships INS Visakhapatnam and INS Trikand.

Key Points:

  • Indian Naval Participation: Indian naval ships INS Visakhapatnam and INS Trikand actively participated in the joint military exercise held at Port Rashid in Dubai.
  • Incorporating State-of-the-Art Technology: INS Trikand is characterized by its contemporary design and incorporates cutting-edge technology across all aspects of its structure, rendering it stable, stealthy, swift, and formidable.
  • Strengthening Maritime Security: The joint exercise between India and the UAE reinforces their commitment to maritime security and their determination to enhance cooperation in safeguarding maritime interests.
  • Promoting Strategic Alliances: The collaborative military exercise serves to bolster the strategic partnership between India and the UAE, fostering mutual understanding and trust.
  • Efforts Toward Regional Stability: By engaging in joint military activities, both nations contribute to regional stability, security, and peace, while also showcasing their capabilities to effectively address maritime challenges.
  • Cross-Learning and Knowledge Sharing: The exercise facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the two navies, enabling them to learn from each other's experiences and best practices in maritime operations.

Maiden India-France-UAE Maritime Partnership Exercise

On June 7, 2023, the first edition of the India, France, and UAE Maritime Partnership Exercise started, in the Gulf of Oman.

  • Aim: To enhance trilateral cooperation between India, France, and the UAE.
  • It seeks to adopt measures to address traditional and non-traditional threats in the maritime environment.
  • INS Tarkash from India, French Ship Surcouf with integral helicopters, French Rafale aircraft, and UAE Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft are participating in the exercise.
  • The exercise will enhance collaboration in ensuring the safety of mercantile trade and freedom of navigation on high seas in the region.

Samudra Shakti - 23

The 4th edition of India-Indonesia Bilateral exercise Samudra Shakti-23 is being held from 14-19 May, 2023.

  • INS Kavaratti (indigenously designed & built ASW Corvette), an Indian Navy Dornier Maritime Patrol aircraft and Chetak helicopter are participating in the exercise.
  • The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, jointness and mutual cooperation between both the navies.
  • Samudra Shakti -23 will showcase the high level of interoperability between the two navies and their shared commitment towards peace and stability in the region.

35th Edition of Indo-Thai CORPAT

From 3 to 10 May 2023, the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy successfully conducted the 35th edition of the India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Andaman Sea.

  • Participants: The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari, an indigenously built Landing Ship Tank (Large), and His Thai Majesty’s Ship (HTMS) Saiburi, a Chao Phraya Class Frigate, along with Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies took part in the CORPAT.
  • Objectives of Indo-Thai CORPAT: The CORPAT aims to strengthen maritime linkages between India and Thailand and ensure the safety and security of the Indian Ocean for international trade.
  • Since 2005, the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy have been conducting CORPAT bi-annually to enhance understanding, interoperability, and cooperation between the two navies.
  • The patrol helps in preventing and suppressing unlawful activities such as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, piracy, armed robbery, smuggling, illegal immigration, and enables Search and Rescue (SAR) operations at sea.
  • SAGAR Vision: The Indian Navy's participation in the Indo-Thai CORPAT is in line with the Government of India's vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), which aims to enhance regional maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • The Indian Navy actively engages with countries in the region through bilateral and multilateral exercises, Coordinated Patrols, Joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Surveillance, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
  • Strong Bonds between India and Thailand: The Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy have a close and friendly relationship that has strengthened over the years.

ASEAN-India Maritime Exercise 2023

On May 8, the Indian Navy successfully concluded the Sea Phase of the ASEAN-India Maritime Exercise 2023.

  • Aim: The aim of the exercise was to promote maritime cooperation and enhance trust, friendship, and confidence among the participating navies.
  • The exercise also aimed to refine procedures, learn best practices, and enhance interoperability with the ASEAN navies.
  • The Sea Phase of the ASEAN-India Maritime Exercise 2023 took place in the South China Sea.
  • The exercise saw participation from the navies of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India. (Note: ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization composed of ten countries in Southeast Asia. The member states are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.)


From 27 April to 11 May 2023, the 7th edition of the joint military exercise "AJEYA WARRIOR-23" between India and the United Kingdom is taking place at Salisbury Plains, United Kingdom.

  • The aim of the exercise is to build positive military relations, imbibe each other’s best practices and promote the ability to operate together while undertaking company-level sub-conventional operations in urban and semi-urban environments under UN mandate, in addition to developing inter-operability, bonhomie, camaraderie, and friendship between the two armies.
  • Soldiers of the 2 Royal Gorkha Rifles from the United Kingdom and Indian Army soldiers from the BIHAR Regiment are participating in the exercise.
  • The scope of this exercise involves a Command Post Exercise (CPX) at the Battalion level and Company level Field Training Exercise (FTX).
  • “Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR” is yet another significant milestone in defence cooperation between the Indian Army and British Army which will further foster the bilateral relations between the two nations.
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