Indian Navy participates in international maritime exercise in the Gulf region

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Trikand is participating in the International Maritime Exercise/ Cutlass Express 2023 (IMX/CE-23) being held in the Gulf region from 26 Feb to 16 Mar 23.  

She will exercise with participants from over 50 nations and international maritime agencies with the common aim of enhancing maritime security and keeping sea lanes in the region safe for maritime commerce.  


Signaling the growing maritime security cooperation in the region, INS Trikand made a port call at Mina Salman Port, Bahrain. The ship is participating in the International Maritime Exercise 2023 along with nearly 50 other partner nations and agencies. 

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command messaged:  

NAVCENT commenced the Middle East region’s largest maritime exercise, Feb. 26. Known as International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 2023, the multinational event is combined with Cutlass Express led by Naval Forces Europe-Africa. 

U.S. hosted International Maritime Exercise/ CUTLASS EXPRESS 2023 (IMX/CE23) is being conducted in the vicinity of Kingdom of Bahrain. IMX/CE-23 is one of the largest multinational maritime exercises in the world. While this is Indian Navy’s maiden IMX participation, it also marks the second occasion where an Indian Naval ship is participating in an exercise conducted by the CMF. Earlier, in Nov 22, INS Trikand had participated in the CMF led Operation Sea Sword 2. 

Participation in exercises like Sea Sword 2 and IMX/CE-23 enables the Indian Navy in strengthening relationships and enhancing interoperability and collective maritime capability with maritime partners in the IOR. It also enables the Navy to contribute constructively to regional stability and security. 




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