INDIA. Mumbai: Algerian Navy Patrol Ship “El Moutassadi” visited Mumbai from Monday through Thursday, during which the crew interacted with their Indian counterpart and also visited the Naval Heritage Museum located at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, and the Aircraft Carrier Dock.
The ship was under the command of Commandant Takia Fouad and Colonel Arabi Belhamed, Commander of the Anti-Submarine Division of the Algerian Navy. Earlier, Algerian Navy ships had visited Kochi (Kerala) in 2016.
Vice Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Western Naval Command, received a visit on Wednesday from Adel Bouda, Chargé d’ Affaires, Algerian Embassy, New Delhi, Colonel Arabi Belhamed, Senior Officer onboard, and Commandant Takia Fouad, the Commanding Officer.
They discussed numerous topics of common interest with Vice Admiral Krishna Swaminathan. Professional exchanges were conducted during the stay in Mumbai, and both sides benefited greatly from their experience-sharing, according to an official release.
India and Algeria have supported one another in major international events throughout the years and have worked together in a number of international organizations and initiatives, most notably the Non-Aligned Movement.
As per press release, it is believed that El Moutassadi’s visit will deepen communication between the two navies and improve their ability to work together in the maritime area. Both navies are steadfastly dedicated to cooperating to advance this goal because they both have an enduring interest in preserving peace and stability in their respective regions.
Exercise Sea Dragon 2023
To participate in “Exercise Sea Dragon 2023,” the third iteration of the coordinated multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise for long-range MR ASW aircraft, the US Navy invited the Indian Navy’s P-8I aircraft to Guam, USA, on March 14.
The focus of the March 15–March 30 exercise will be coordinated anti-submarine warfare among the participating nations. During the past few years, these drills’ complexity and scope have steadily evolved to incorporate advanced ASW drills.
“Exercise Sea Dragon 2023” aims to test the ability of participating aircraft to track both simulated and real-world underwater targets while also utilizing shared knowledge.
An Indian Navy P8I would participate in the exercise, along with the US Navy’s P8A, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P1, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP 140, and the RoKN’s P3C.
According to the official release, the exercise aims to develop high levels of cooperation and synergy between the friendly fleets, which are based on their commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and shared values.
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