Russian Guard Ship, Indian Frigate Hit Naval Targets In Indra 2019 Joint Drills

The Russian guard ship Yaroslav Mudry and the Indian Navy’s frigate Tarkash practised artillery firing against naval targets in the Indra-2019 joint drills in the Indian Ocean, the Fleet’s press office reported.

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According to Russian news agency Tass – “The crews of the Russian guard ship Yaroslav Mudry and the Indian frigate Tarkash held a series of artillery firings against naval targets during joint manoeuvres in the Indian Ocean, and also performed joint manoeuvring as part of a group of ships,” the press office said in a statement.

The combat teams of the radio-technical and missile/artillery combat compartments of both the warships practised interoperability in identifying and analysing targets, tracking them with radio-technical equipment and annihilating them, according to the statement.

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During the drills, special exercises were held to watch officers to steer the ships in a naval formation and for ship damage control. In the Arabian Sea, the sailors transferred liquid cargoes abeam while on the move from the Indian frigate Tarkash to the guardship Yaroslav Mudry. Special attention was paid to the training’s environmental safety, the press office said.

During the night, the marine infantry units making part of the naval group’s crews provided for the warships’ safe anchorage in an unprotected roadstead and held a series of anti-sabotage exercises.

“The crews of the surface ships will soon practice air defence measures with a live-fire exercise and drills will be held for Russian and Indian flight supervisors to exercise control of India’s fighter aircraft,” the press office said.

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The Indra-2019 joint naval drills are being held at training ranges of three Indian states. Russia is represented by over 700 servicemen including units of the all-arms army of the Eastern Military District, pilots and technicians of the District’s Air Force and Air Defense Army, and also the crews of the Baltic Fleet warships.