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Indian warship docks in UK for exercise with Royal Navy over I-Day weekend | India News – Times of India

LONDON: Indian naval ship INS Tabar is in Portsmouth for friendly exercises with the Royal Navy as India celebrates its 75th Independence Day on Sunday. India and the UK have been conducting the annual bilateral naval exercise “Konkan” since 2004.
The latest such exercise started on August 12, when the Talwar-class frontline frigate, which is assigned to the Western Naval Command based in Mumbai, met the Royal Navy for exercises at sea before entering Portsmouth harbour on Friday.
The harbour phase of the exercise will continue until Monday, including professional interactions, sharing of best practices and harbour drills. The exercise will then move to sea, when INS Tabar is scheduled to meet the frontline Royal Navy ship HMS Westminster, along with shore-based aircraft, for air defence exercises, anti-submarine procedures, replenishment-at-sea activities and communication drills.
A highlight of the exercise will be the cross-deck helicopter operations, wherein choppers will carry out landing procedures.
High commissioner Gaitri Issar Kumar said the joint exercises were aimed at “enhancing interoperability, synergy and cooperation between both navies”. She said INS Tabar’s visit to Portsmouth “will contribute to further strengthening the friendly contacts and cooperation between both navies”.
The Indian Navy had taken part in a range of exercises with the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, in the Bay of Bengal in July.

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