IMT TRILAT 24

News Excerpt: 

The second edition of India-Mozambique-Tanzania Trilateral Exercise concluded at Nacala, Mozambique on 28 Mar 24.

Key Points:

  • The IMT TRILAT 24 Exercise unfolded in two phases.
    • The Harbour phase was scheduled from 21 to 24 Mar 24.
      • Naval ships Tir and Sujata will engage with the respective Navies at the ports of Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Maputo (Mozambique). 
      • This phase would begin with a Planning Conference followed by conduct of joint harbour training activities like Damage Control, Fire Fighting, Visit Board Search and Seizure procedures, Medical Lectures, Casualty Evacuation and Diving operations.
    • Sea phase was scheduled from 24-27 Mar 24 
      • The sea phase of the exercise is scheduled from 24-27 Mar 24 covering practical aspects of countering asymmetric threats, Visit Board Search and Seizure procedures, boat handling, maneuvers and firing exercise.
      • A joint EEZ surveillance is also planned during the sea phase. 
      • The exercise will conclude with a joint debrief scheduled at Nacala (Mozambique).
  • The closing ceremony, held onboard INS Tir and INS Sujata at Nacala, Mozambique featured representatives from all three navies. 
    • The closing remarks highlighted successful collaboration, understanding of maritime capabilities and shared objectives achieved during the exercise. 
    • It emphasised continued collaboration towards maritime security and regional stability underlining India's commitment as the preferred security partner.

About the IMT TRILAT Exercise: 

  • It is a joint maritime exercise scheduled from 21-29 Mar 24
  • The first edition of IMT TRILAT exercise conducted in Oct 2022, saw the participation of INS Tarkash with the Tanzania and Mozambique Navies.
  • Aim
    • Enhanced maritime cooperation and interoperability among the navies of India, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

Significance:

  • Enhances maritime cooperation and interoperability among India, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
  • Strengthens regional maritime security efforts.
  • Demonstrates commitment to diplomatic relations and regional stability.
  • Provides opportunities for capacity building and knowledge exchange.

INS Tir:

  • INS Tir, an indigenously built cadet training ship based at SNC, Kochi, 
  • INS Tir joined First Training Squadron on 01 April 1986.
  • The ship has traversed more than 6,00,000 nm and visited over 25 foreign countries.

INS Sujata:

  • It was commissioned in Indian Navy On November 3, 1993,
  • The Indian Navy launched the Sukanya class offshore patrol vessel INS Sujata, which was manufactured entirely domestically. 
  • The well-equipped offshore patrol (OPV) vessel "CGS Sarathi"