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Navies of India and UK commence bilateral exercise off Goa coast

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The navies of and the UK have begin a bilateral drill off the coast, the said in a statement on Thursday.

'Konkan-2018' commenced on Wednesday and will continue till December 6.

The harbour phase is scheduled from November 28 to 30, followed by the sea phase from December 2 to 6, it said.

The will be represented by HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Class Destroyer equipped with an integral wildcat helicopter, while the will field INS Kolkata, the first ship of latest Kolkata class destroyers, and a submarine.

In addition, the Navy's maritime patrol aircraft, Dornier, will also participate in the exercise.

Naval cooperation between and the is based on the long term strategic relationship. Both the navies have, over the years, undertaken bilateral activities such as training exchanges and technical cooperation.

"The bilateral Konkan exercise provides a platform for the two navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices," the Navy said.

The Konkan series of exercises commenced in 2004 and since then has grown in scale.

The thrust of the exercise this year would be on anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and seizure (VBSS) and seamanship evolutions.

Besides exercises at the sea, 'Konkan-2018' also encompasses professional interactions and sports fixtures.

"The exercise is aimed at deriving mutual benefit from each others' experiences and is indicative of the continuing cooperation between the two countries. The interoperability achieved over the years as a result of such exercises has proved to be operationally beneficial to both the navies," the Navy added.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 22:20 IST