List of Indian Navy Exercises with Foreign Navies in 2020

In this article, we will see all the Navy Exercises India did with Foreign Navies in the Year 2020. This is a very important topic from where multiple questions often get asked in different competitive exams.

List of Indian Navy Exercise with Foreign Navies in 2020

List of Indian Navy Exercise with Foreign Navies in 2020

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1. Naseem-Al-Bahr 2020

Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) bilateral exercise Naseem-Al-Bahr was conducted at/ off Goa from January 07-10 October 2020. RNO ships Al Rasikh and Al Khassab along with IN ships Beas and Subhadra took part in the exercise. More on PIB.

2. Indra Navy 2020  

India and Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) bilateral exercise Indra Navy was conducted in Bay of Bengal from 4th to 5th September 2020. RuFN ships Admiral Tributs, Admiral Vinogrodov, Boris Butoma and Indian Navy ships Ranvijay, Kiltan, Shakti participated in the exercise.

3. JIMEX 2020 

Indian Navy and JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self Defence Force) bilateral exercise JIMEX 2020 was conducted in the Arabian Sea from 26th to 28th September 2020. JMSDF ships Kaga and Ikazuchi, Indian Navy ships Chennai, Tarkash and Deepak, Indian Navy aircraft P8I, MIG 29K and integral helicopters of both navies participated in the biennial exercise.


Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy (BN) bilateral exercise Bongosagar 2020 was conducted in North Bay of Bengal from 03rd to 04th October 2020. BN ships Prottoy and Abu Bakr along with Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Indian Navy ships Khukri and Kiltan along with Dornier aircraft and integral helicopter participated in the exercise.

5. SLINEX 2020

Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) bilateral exercise SLINEX 2020 was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 19th to 21st October 2020. SLN ships Sayura and Gajabahu and Indian Navy ships Kiltan and Kamorta along with Dornier aircraft and integral helicopters participated in the exercise. Maiden landing of Advanced Landing Helicopter (ALH) was undertaken onboard SLN Ship Gajabahu during the exercise, to showcase Indian Navy’s indigenous capability.

6. MALABAR 2020

Multi-lateral exercise between Indian Navy and US Navy (USN), Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was conducted in the IOR from 3rd to 6th and 17th November 2020.

7. SITMEX 2020

Multi-lateral exercise between Indian Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Royal Thailand Navy (RTN) was conducted the Eastern IOR from 21st to 22nd November 2020.

8. SIMBEX 2020

Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) bilateral exercise SIMBEX 2020 was conducted in Eastern IOR from 23rd to 25th Nov 2020.


The Indian Navy undertakes Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with friendly foreign navy units on opportune occasions to enhance inter-operability and imbibe best practices. Following PASSEXs were undertaken in 2020:-

(a) PASSEX with French Navy: PASSEX was conducted between French Naval Ships Mistral and Geupratte and Indian Navy Ships Talwar and Trikand from 23rd to 24th May 2020 in Gulf of Aden.

(b) PASSEX with Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF):  PASSEX was conducted between JMSDF training ships Kashima and Shimayuki and IN ships Rana, Kulish on 27th June 2020 in Eastern Indian Ocean Region(IOR).

(c) PASSEX with United States Navy (USN): PASSEX was conducted between USN ships Nimitz, Princeton, Ralph Johnson, Sterett and Indian Navy Ships Rana, Sahyadri, Shivalik, Kamorta from 20th to 21st July 2020 in the Bay of Bengal.

(d) PASSEX with Australian Navy: PASSEX was conducted between Australian ship HMAS Toowoomba and IN Ship Kochi  on January 24th, 2020. Another PASSEX was conducted between Australian ship HMAS Hobart and Indian ships Sahyadri and Karmuk from 24th to 25th September 2020 in Eastern Indian Ocean Region(IOR).

10.  Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) with Indian Ocean Region Littoral Navies

As part of maritime security cooperation with maritime neighbors, Coordinated Patrols along the IMBL are being conducted with Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, as per established MoUs and Standard Operating Procedures.

11. Anti-Piracy Patrol

To address the wide range and large spread of unconventional security challenges in the maritime domain such as piracy, smuggling, human trafficking, gun-running etc, Indian Navy has been deploying a ship in the Gulf of Aden since 2008. A total of 84 ships have been deployed to-date.

12. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Surveillance

Indian Navy is committed to assisting friendly Indian Ocean Region(IOR) littoral nations in maritime surveillance. Based on the request of the host government, Indian Navy regularly undertakes surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Maldives once a month, and of Seychelles and Mauritius twice a year by deploying Indian Navy ships and aircraft.

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