From 20th to 22nd March 2023, the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy held their annual Konkan 2023 maritime exercise off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea. The Royal Navy, the United Kingdom’s naval warfare force, participated in the exercise with their Type 23 guided missile frigate HMS Lancaster, while the Indian Navy deployed the guided missile frigate INS Trishul.
The primary objective of the exercise was to enhance cooperation and learn best practices through various maritime drills, including air, surface, and sub-surface operations. These drills included gunnery shoots on an inflatable surface target named ‘Killer Tomato,’ helicopter operations, anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare exercises, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), ship manoeuvres, and personnel exchange.
Throughout the execution of the exercise, the personnel of both navies displayed a remarkable level of professionalism and enthusiasm, indicating that the exercise proved to be highly beneficial for them. The focus was on operational readiness, improving cooperation, and the ability to conduct joint operations, all of which will significantly contribute to strengthening the IN and RN’s combined efforts to enhance maritime security and maintain a rules-based order in the region.
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Annual Bilateral Maritime Exercise Konkan 2023 – FAQs
Q1: Which edition of Konkan exercise 2023?
Ans: Off the coast of Konkan in the Arabian Sea, the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy’s yearly bilateral maritime exercise, Konkan 2023, took place from March 20 to March 22.
Q2: Is Konkan a bilateral maritime exercise?
As: The Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom conduct the Konkan exercise every year. Both the Type 23 guided missile frigate HMS Lancaster and the guided missile frigate INS Trishul took part in this edition.
Q3: Which country does Konkan Military Exercise with?
Ans: From March 20 to 22, 2023, the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy engaged in their yearly bilateral maritime exercise known as Konkan 2023 off the coast of Konkan in the Arabian Sea.