India-Myanmar Navy Exercise 2018 began in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The Union of Myanmar Navy Ships UMS King Sin Phyu Shin (Frigate) and UMS Inlay (Off-shore Patrol Vessel) arrived on Sunday to participate in the maiden bi-lateral Indian and Myanmar Navy Exercise 2018 (IMNEX-18) being held off the East Coast of India.
The Exercise is being conducted in two phases, with the harbour phase from March 25 to 30 and the sea phase from 31 March 31 to April 3. The exercise is aimed at strengthening professional interaction, both in harbour and at sea and would be a start for attaining interoperability between the two navies. The Myanmar Navy had also participated in the recently concluded Milan-18 maritime exercise at Port Blair.
The Indian Navy is represented by INS Sahyadri, an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Stealth Frigate, INS Kamorta, an ASW Stealth Corvette, one Chetak helicopter, two Hawk Advance Jet Trainer Aircraft and a submarine.
The Harbour Phase encompasses briefings, practical demonstrations, professional discussions, social interactions, cross deck visits and sports fixtures. The Sea Phase will include complex operations including Fleet manoeuvres, gun firings as well as coordinated anti-submarine exercises.