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India, UAE naval ships hold drills in the Persian Gulf

The ships executed tactical manoeuvres, search and rescue, over the horizon targeting and electronic warfare exercises to enhance interoperability and synergy between the two navies. 

India UAE navy ships hold Zayed Talwar drills in the Persian Gulf-VPN
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UAE - Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Aug 8, 2021, 8:10 PM IST
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Navies of India and the United Arab Emirates have conducted bilateral exercise 'Zayed Talwar' off the coast of Abu Dhabi, aimed at enhancing the maritime cooperation between two naval forces. 

Indian naval assets like INS Kochi and two Sea King MK 42B helicopters joined the joint exercises in the Persian Gulf. 

The UAE Navy was represented by the AS-565B Panther helicopter and UAES Al-Dhafra, a Baynunah class guided missile corvette.

The ships executed tactical manoeuvres, search and rescue, over the horizon targeting and electronic warfare exercises to enhance interoperability and synergy between the two navies. 

Helicopters of both navies were extensively used during the exercise. This included missions like search and rescue and passing of targeting data to ships for simulated missile engagement drills.

In February 2021, India dispatched INS Pralaya to attend the NAVDEX 21 (Naval Defence Exhibition) and IDEX 21 (International Defence Exhibition).

Military relations between the two countries have been growing steadily since bilateral relations were upgraded to 'comprehensive strategic partnership' during Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit to India in January 2017 as the Republic Day chief guest. 

In 2018, the two navies participated in the inaugural edition of bilateral exercise Gulf Star. Besides, Indian naval ships have regularly been making port calls at the UAE.

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