The 6th 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.
The IBSAMAR-VI Multi-National Maritime Exercise is scheduled to be held from 1st October 2018 to 13th October 2018.
The IBSAMAR-VI exercise main aim is to undertake collective training for participating navies, building interoperability and mutual understanding as well as sharing of best practices.
The IBSAMAR-VI exercise includes both harbour 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.
The Indian Navy is represented in IBSAMAR VI by Guided Missile Frigate Tarkash, Guided Missile Destroyer Kolkata, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Seaking, and Chetak helicopters as well as a MARCOS contingent.
Indian Navy's Commanding Officers of the IN Ships called on the Chief of Fleet Staff of the SA Navy as well as a few other senior officers and the Magistrate and the Commissioner of Simon's Town. A reception was hosted onboard the Brazilian naval ship BNS Barrasso in the evening.
The last edition of IBSAMAR (IBSAMAR V) was conducted off Goa, from 19th February to 26 February 2016.