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Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) With France and Japan


Indian Navy’s indigenously built guided missile frigate, INS Sahyadri participated in a Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) with French Navy (FN) ships FS Dixmude, a Mistral Class Amphibious Assault Ship and FS La Fayette, a La Fayette Class Frigate, in the Arabian Sea on 10 – 11 March 2023 as per the Ministry of Defence Press Release.


The exercise witnessed a wide spectrum of evolutions at sea which included cross deck landings, boarding exercises and seamanship evolutions.


The seamless conduct of the exercise reaffirmed the interoperability and high level of cooperation between the two navies.


INS Sahyadri is fitted with state-of –the art weapons and sensors, which makes her capable of detecting and neutralising air, surface and sub-surface threats.


The ship is a part of Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam, under operational control of FOCinC (East) as per the Ministry of Defence Press Release.


Continuing with the conduct of Maritime Partnership Exercises (MPX) with Friendly Foreign Countries, INS Sahyadri exercised with Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ship JS Suzutsuki, an Akizuki Class Destroyer in the Arabian Sea on 11 March 2023.


Aimed at consolidating their shared commitment to regional and global security challenges, the xercise witnessed cross deck landings by integral helicopters, tactical manoeuvres and a customary steampast by the ships. Indian Navy and JMSDF have been collaborating closely on various fronts and playing a key role in ensuring safety of international maritime trade and working towards global commons. The exercise underscored the strong navy-to-navy links and the high level of interoperability between the two nations in the maritime domain.

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