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  • 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.
  • The last edition of IBSAMAR (IBSAMAR V) was conducted on 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.

IBSAMAR 2018:

  • This edition exercise included both harbour and sea phases with various navigation and seamanship evolutions, force protection exercises, surface weapons firing, antipiracy exercise, anti-air and antisubmarine exercise and flying operations were also conducted. Apart from professional activities, sports and social engagements were also conducted.
  • The Indian Navy is represented 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.

IBSAMAR:

  • It is international tripartite grouping for promoting international cooperation among India, Brazil, South Africa.
  • It aims at galvanizing South-South cooperation and greater understanding between three important continents of developing world form Africa, Asia and South America.
  • 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 forum provides three countries with platform to engage in discussions for cooperation in field of agriculture, trade, culture, and defence among others.
  • It also plays important role in foreign policies of India, Brazil and South Africa.
  • The first exercise took place in 2008.

 

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