Exercise Konkan 2021: Exercise Konkan 2021 was held between INS Tabar and HMS Westminster on 16 August 2021 in the English Channel.
- The Indo-UK Naval exercise included the participation of integral helicopters of the two ships and the Falcon Electronic Warfare aircraft.
- A wide range of exercises like co-ordinate anti-submarine procedures, combined maritime picture compilation, firing drills, replenishment at sea and combat formation maneuvering were conducted during the exercise.
- These along with the diverse professional engagements held earlier in harbour, have enabled Exercise Konkan 2021 to consolidate interoperability which in turn have helped cement the strong bonds of friendship between the two navies.
About Konkan exercise:
- The bilateral naval exercise Konkan is being held every year since 2004.
- The Indian Navy and Britain’s Royal Navy hold this bilateral naval exercise to enhance the interoperability, synergy and cooperation between both navies.
- It is based on the long-term strategic relationship between them.
About INS Tabar:
- INS Tabar is the third Talwar-class frigate in the Indian Navy.
- It was commissioned on April 19, 2004, in Kaliningrad, Russia.
- The current Commanding Officer (CO) of INS Tabar is Captain Mahesh Mangipudi.
- It reached the home port of Mumbai on July 31, 2004.
- INS Tabar is assigned to the Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy, which is headquartered in Mumbai.
- This warship can handle air or surface or subsurface missions and defend herself.
About HMS Westminster:
- It is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy of England.
- It was launched on February 4, 1992.
- It has been named after the Dukedom of Westminster.