The sixth edition of IBSAMAR, a joint Multi-National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies, is being held at Simons Town, South Africa from 01 – 13 October 2018. The last edition of IBSAMAR (IBSAMAR V) was conducted off Goa, from 19 – 26 February 2016. The aim of the exercise is to undertake collective training for participating navies, building interoperability and mutual understanding as well as sharing of best practices.
The Indian Navy is represented in IBSAMAR VI by Guided Missile Frigate Tarkash, Guided Missile Destroyer Kolkata, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Speaking and Chetak helicopters as well as a MARCOS contingent. The Commanding Officers of the IN Ships called on the Chief of Fleet Staff of the South Africa Navy as well as a few other senior officers, Magistrate and the Commissioner of Simon’s Town. A reception was hosted onboard the Brazilian naval ship BNS Barrasso in the evening.
The exercise includes both harbor and sea phases with various navigation and seamanship evolutions, surface weapons firing, force protection exercises, antipiracy exercise, anti-air, and anti-submarine exercise as well as flying operations. Apart from professional activities, sports and social engagements are also planned.