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Navies of India, Qatar begin 5-day joint exercise at Doha

Navies of India, Qatar begin 5-day joint exercise at Doha

‘Zaire-Al-Bahr’ between Doha and Indian Navy and Qatar’s Imperial Navy from 17 to 21 November near Doha (Roar of the Sea) is being held. Indian Navy’s Guided Missile Stealth Freegate INS Trikand and patrol aircraft  P8-I have reached Doha to participate in the exercise. From ‘Zaire-Al-Bahr’ 2019, cooperation between the navies of the two countries will be strengthened and operational capacity will be increased.”The exercise will include a three-day harbour phase and two days sea phase. The activities during the harbour phase will include a seminar, professional interaction, official visits, sports fixtures along with social and cultural events. The sea phase will include a tactical maritime exercise involving the domains of surface action, air defence, maritime surveillance and interdiction operation and anti-terrorism.

The exercise will include a three-day harbour phase and two days sea phase.

Navies of India, Qatar begin 5-day joint exercise at Doha
Navies of India, Qatar begin 5-day joint exercise at Doha

This exercise will increase defense cooperation between the two countries and will increase cooperation in counter-terrorism and maritime security. The command of INS Trikand is in the hands of Captain Vishal Bishnoi and the ship is the leading freegate of the Indian Navy. The ship is equipped with various weapons and remote sensing devices. The ship is part of the Western Command of the Indian Navy and is under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding of Chief, Western Naval Command, Mumbai. The P8-I patrol aircraft are equipped with modern technology for maritime surveillance. The Qatari Emiri Naval Forces participating in this exercise include the “anti-ship missile equipped Barzan Class Fast Attack Craft” along with Rafale multi-task fighter aircraft, it added.

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