The Seventh edition of the Indian Navy – US Navy Salvage and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) exercise, known as SALVEX, took place from 26 June to 06 July 2023 in Kochi. This joint exercise has been conducted annually since 2005, focusing on salvage operations and EOD procedures.
More About SALVEX
SALVEX is a biennial, bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy (IN) and the United States Navy (USN) that focuses on salvage and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations. The exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between the two navies and to share best practices in the field of salvage and EOD.
- The 2023 exercise witnessed the participation of naval assets from both the Indian Navy (IN) and the US Navy (USN), including INS Nireekshak and USNS Salvor ships.
- Additionally, specialist diving and EOD teams from both navies took part in the exercise.
- The purpose of SALVEX is to enhance cooperation and interoperability between the Indian and US navies in the domains of salvage operations and explosive ordnance disposal.
- During the 10-day SALVEX exercise, the diving teams from both countries engaged in a series of activities focused on maritime salvage and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations.
- They shared experiences and trained together to enhance their capabilities in various aspects of EOD operations both on land and at sea.
- The exercise provided an opportunity for the teams to improve interoperability, strengthen cohesiveness, and learn from each other’s best practices in the fields of maritime salvage and EOD operations.
- The training exercises conducted during SALVEX included mine detection and neutralization, locating and salvaging wrecks, and other diverse disciplines.
By engaging in constructive operational engagements, the diving teams gained valuable skills and expertise in conducting complex operations related to maritime salvage and EOD. The exercise aimed to enhance their proficiency and promote collaboration between the Indian and US diving teams in these critical areas.
Other Exercises between India and US
- MALABAR: This is a trilateral naval exercise between India, the US, and Japan. It is designed to enhance interoperability between the three navies and to promote maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region.
- COPE India: This is a bilateral air exercise between India and the US. It is designed to enhance interoperability between the two air forces and to promote air combat readiness.
- EXERCISE AMAN: This is a biennial, multinational maritime exercise hosted by India. It is designed to enhance interoperability between navies from the Indian Ocean region and to promote maritime security.
- YUDH ABHYAS: This is a bilateral army exercise between India and the US. It is designed to enhance interoperability between the two armies and to promote joint operations.
- EXERCISE MILESTONE: This is a bilateral army exercise between India and the US. It is designed to enhance interoperability between the two armies and to promote joint operations in the field of counter-terrorism
- EXERCISE HAND-IN-HAND: This is a bilateral disaster relief exercise between India and the US. It is designed to enhance interoperability between the two countries’ disaster relief agencies and to promote cooperation in the event of a natural disaster.
These are just a few of the many exercises that are conducted between India and the US. These exercises help to enhance interoperability between the two countries’ armed forces and to promote cooperation in the areas of maritime security, air combat readiness, and disaster relief.
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