The joint Russian-Indian naval exercise, code-named Indra NAVY-2016, will be held on Dec. 14 to 21, said the Russian Pacific Fleet’s spokesman Vladimir Matveev.
The joint exercise will consist of two phases: the Harbor Phase will be held on Dec. 14 to 18 in southeastern Indian city of Visakhapatnam and the Sea Phase will take place in the Bay of Bengal on Dec. 19 to 21, said the spokesman.
The Harbor Phase will include table-top exercises, planning conferences ashore, official visit exchanges and sports and cultural events. The Sea Phase will include various fleet operations, according to the spokesman.
The two countries have conducted several anti-terror drills since 2003 and in 2005 such exercises were named “Indra”, which is a portmanteau formed from the participants’ names. The Indra drills were also held in 2007, 2014 and 2015.