IBSAMAR-VI kicks off at Simons Town, South Africa
The sixth edition of IBSAMAR, a joint Multi – National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies, is being held at Simons Town, South Africa from 01 – 13 Oct 18. The last edition of IBSAMAR (IBSAMAR V) was conducted off Goa, from 19 – 26 Feb 16. The aim of the exercise is to undertake collective training for participating navies, building interoperability and mutual understanding as well as sharing of best practices.
The Indian Navy is represented in IBSAMAR VI by Guided Missile Frigate Tarkash, Guided Missile Destroyer Kolkata, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Seaking and Chetak helicopters as well as a MARCOS contingent. The Commanding Officers of the IN Ships called on the Chief of Fleet Staff of the SA Navy as well as a few other senior officers and the Magistrate and the Commissioner of Simon’s Town. A reception was hosted onboard the Brazilian naval ship BNS Barraso in the evening.
The exercise includes both harbour and sea phases with various navigation and seamanship evolutions, surface weapons firing, force protection exercises, antipiracy exercise, anti-air and anti-submarine exercise as well as flying operations. Apart from professional activities, sports and social engagements are also planned.
Ex IBSAMAR highlights the maritime dimension of the IBSA Dialogue Forum and the robust South-South cooperation. Naval cooperation between Brazil, India and South Africa epitomises the strong long term strategic relationship between the three democracies and vibrant economies.
Initiated in 2008, Ex IBSAMAR is the most visible manifestation of this convergence of democratic values, economic interests and maritime cooperation. The scope and complexity of Ex IBSAMAR has increased steadily.
The primary aim of this exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the three navies as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. IBSAMAR has matured into a complex trilateral exercise involving participation of ships, aircraft and Special Forces from Brazil, India and South Africa.
Held once in two years, the navies from the three continents connect to share information and best practices through a rigorous routine that has been expanded in the form of intensified onshore and off shore exercises.