According to Defense sources, the Indian and Indonesian navies carried out a military exercise in the Arabian sea on Thursday to enhance operational interoperability and overall cooperation. Indian naval ship INS Talwar and Indonesian Navy's multirole corvette KRI Bung Tomo were part of the exercise, the Indian Navy said.
"Enhancing Interoperability & strengthening Bilateral Maritime Cooperation Indian Navy Ship INS Talwar and Indonesian Navy's multirole Corvette KRI Bung Tomo, conducted Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Arabian Sea today," it said in a tweet.
India's maritime cooperation with Indonesia witnessed a renewed momentum in the last few years.
#BridgesofFriendship— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) February 18, 2021
Enhancing #Interoperability & strengthening Bilateral #Maritime cooperation #IndianNavy Ship #INSTalwar and #IndonesianNavy's multirole Corvette KRI Bung Tomo, conducted Passage Exercise #PASSEX in #ArabianSea.@SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/XT52jPYm8w
Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Navy participated in maritime exercises in the last few months with a number of countries, including Japan, Russia, Australia, and the US.
In November, India hosted the Malabar exercise, in which the navies of the US, Japan, and Australia participated. India invited Australia for the exercise, effectively making it a drill by all the Quad member nations.
The Quad which comprises India, the US, Australia, and Japan, is aimed towards ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific, a region that has witnessed increasing Chinese military assertiveness in recent years