The exercise involved multiple activities covering a wide range of naval operations

Indian Naval Ship Tabar on leaving the port of Alexandria on Sunday undertook a maritime partnership exercise with Egyptian Naval Ship Alexandria, a frontline frigate, in the Mediterranean Sea.

INS Tabar is on a four-month deployment across Africa and Europe to participate in joint exercises with friendly navies and enhance military cooperation through naval engagements.

Sunday’s exercise between the naval ships of the two countries involved multiple activities covering a wide range of naval operations, said a statement by the Ministry of Defence.

These included drills for transit through asymmetric threat environment, operations for interdicting suspect vessels at sea, communication procedures, joint development of maritime domain picture and replenishment at sea drills.

A highlight of the exercise was the cross-deck helo operations that involved helo recovery procedures and airborne light replenishment drills between the two ships, the statement mentioned.

The exercise was significantly beneficial in enhancing interoperability between the two navies and widened the scope for combined operations against common maritime threats in future, the defence ministry stated.

The maritime partnership exercise culminated with a ‘Steam Past’ between the two ships, as per naval custom.

INS Tabar’s participation in a maritime partnership exercise with Egyptian Naval Ship Alexandria is in continuation with the Indian Navy’s practice to deploy Indian warships for overseas exercise.

Earlier, INS Tabar had entered Alexandria harbour in Egypt on September 3. The ship was received by officials from the Egyptian Navy and the Indian Defence Attache.

INS Tabar had also visited the port of Alexandria in Egypt in June, where it undertook a maritime partnership exercise at sea with the Egyptian Navy Ship Toushka.

During its deployment, the Indian Naval Ship has already called on ports in Egypt, Italy, Spain, Sweden, UK and France and has conducted naval exercises with the navies of these countries.