The joint Russian-Indian naval exercise, INDRA 2014, on Thursday began its active phase, with both countries' ships and vessels leaving Vladivostok and heading into the training site, Pacific Ocean Fleet (POF) spokesman Roman Martov told Interfax on Thursday.
"The first day of the drills at sea is quite eventful. Currently, both countries' squads are merging into a single order. At the first stage, they will perform minefield-breaching maneuvers and fire artillery weapons at a floating mine. In addition, high-speed boats will be involved with the two countries' teams for stopping and embarking on a suspicious vessel, the role of which will be played by the Ilim tanker," Martov said.
Helicopter drills and the destruction of a mock aerial target will be carried out on the same day, he said.
"By this evening, participants in the maneuvers will split into two groups and carry out an encounter attack drill at night," the spokesman added.
It was reported that an opening ceremony of the INDRA 2014 exercise took place in Vladivostok on July 15. For two days the two countries' sailors held joint coastal drills. The maritime stage of the exercise, which began on July 17, will last for two days.
India is represented by the Ranvijai destroyer, the Shivalik frigate and the Shakti auxiliary vessel. The POF is represented by the Varyag guided-missile cruiser, the large landing ship (LLS) Admiral Vinogradov, the LLS Peresvet and support vessels.
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