KONKAN 2015, the 10th edition in KONKAN series, will be conducted from 05 – 11 Sep 15, between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Royal Navy (RN) in two phases. The harbour phase at Devonport will involve professional exchanges, exercise planning conferences, sporting fixtures and socio-cultural events. The elaborate sea phase to be held off the South Coast of UK, will involve surface, sub-surface and air exercises of varying complexities. Explosive Ordinance Teams of both navies will also participate in the exercise.
This year, the IN will be represented in the exercise by a guided missile frigate, INS Trikand with integral helicopter and a team of marine commandos. The RN would be represented by HMS Iron Duke, an auxiliary vessel, a nuclear submarine and other shore based assets.
Points to Note
- KONKAN aims to promote mutual understanding and provide exposure to each others’ operating procedures, communication procedures and best practices.
- Periodic conduct of this exercise has helped to build on past experiences and further advance professional as well as operational engagements between the two navies.
- The operational interactions between the IN and the RN started in 2004 with the institutionalisation of Exercise KONKAN, named after the Western coastal region of India.
Test Your Knowledge
What is the name of the southeastern coast region of the Indian Subcontinent, between the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal of the Indian Ocean?