Exercise Naseem Bahr: Joint naval drill involving India and Oman to concentrate on maritime security and anti-piracy.
India and Oman will run the 12th edition of bilateral maritime drill’Naseem Al Bahr’ from the Arabian Sea following month, as both states are aiming to further increase interoperability between the two navies and enhance maritime security.
The range of all Naseem Al Bahr this season will include besides professional interactions, operational activities at sea across the range of maritime operations.
Though the dates have not been officially announced, according to the ambassador of Oman to India, Hamed Saif Al Rawahi,’The naval drill was scheduled for next month’
Naseem Al Bahr initiated in 1993, symbolises the very long term strategic connection between the 2 countries.
Oman is the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was in conducting bilateral exercises with India together. And, as shown by a top officer,’The naval drill is of significance as Oman and India discuss the Indian Ocean. Considering that 2008, has been extending its aid to Indian Navy’s antipiracy missions and our Naval Ships are frequently welcomed by Oman to get Over Seas Deployments.’
In fact, as stated by the Omani envoy, at November 2018, a sailing boat’Zeenat al Bihaar’ from the Royal Yachts engaged with INS Tarangini and INS Sudarshini from the joint sailing voyage from Kochi to Muscat, commemorating the 10th-anniversary parties’
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Sultanate, in an agreement signed between the two countries, Indian Navy obtained access to the maximum import Duqm Port.
Both countries have Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) including on defence alliance, between the Coast Guards to prevent crime at sea, on maritime issues and a protocol involving their various aviation forces on Flight Safety Information Exchange.
The Indian Naval ships can use the port and dock facility that is dry for maintenance of boats. Getting access to this Duqm Port is very important for India to enhance its own naval actions in the Indian Ocean and help in fixing India’s maritime security concerns such as piracy in the Arabian Sea region.
Even though the Indian Navy was deploying mobile training groups in Oman on an annual basis for training of their naval personnel of the country, for marine safety, the Hydrographic cooperation between both countries is very important.