New Delhi, FMNews - The Indian Navy conducted maritime partnership exercise with the Sudanese Navy in the Red Sea. This was the first time the Indian and Sudanese navies conducted such an exercise, despite building a strong energy partnership in the 2000s. From the Indian side, INS Tabar along with Sudanese ships Almaz and Nimar participated in the exercise. Apart from Sudan, INS Tabar has already conducted naval exercises with the Egyptian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. Both these exercises, important from strategic importance, point towards increasing the maritime reach of the Indian Navy.
The exercise included a range of activities covering a wide range of naval operations such as 'coordinated maneuvers, replenishment at sea (RAS) drills, hello operations, operations to intercept suspicious vessels at sea and communication procedures'. Joint operations between the two navies were demonstrated against future maritime threats. Presently INS Tabar is in Europe and Africa. Apart from Sudan, it has also conducted naval exercises with the Egyptian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. Egypt and Sudan are important players in the geopolitics of the Red Sea and are located along one of the most important sea routes due to their proximity to the Suez Canal. Both these exercises, important from strategic importance, point towards increasing the maritime reach of the Indian Navy.
The Red Sea connects West Asia to Africa and is an important geopolitical location that has seen rivalry between the Gulf powers. The Red Sea also connects the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea through the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb and the Suez Canal. It is an important waterway for global energy security and the international economy, so large amounts of oil and trade pass through the Red Sea. The recent blockade of the Suez Canal underscores the strategically important role of the Red Sea and the Suez Canal for the global economy.
The Indian Navy has also played an important role in anti-piracy operations. The Indian Navy is a maritime power that desires to contribute to the maintenance of regional security in the Indian Ocean, including in the sub-theatre of the Northwest Indian Ocean. Over the years, India has managed to regularize its maritime presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southwest Indian Ocean. From time to time, India has provided much-needed humanitarian assistance to the coastal states of the region. India has also positioned itself as a 'Preferred Security Partner' in the region.