Indian navy Guided Missile Stealth Frigate INS Trikand arrived at Doha for the 2nd edition of the Bilateral Maritime Exercise Za’ir Al Bahr (Roar of the Sea), being conducted from August 9 to 14, 2021 between the Indian Navy and Qatar Amiri Naval Forces. The Ship was received by the representatives from the Qatar Amiri Navy with ceremonial band in presence.
Za’ir Al Bahr 2021 would strengthen cooperation and enhance interoperability between the two navies. The exercise will include a three days Harbor Phase and two days Sea Phase. The activities during the harbor phase will include Cross Deck Visits, Professional Interactions between the Specialists and Official Visits, Qatar’s daily The Peninsula reported.
The Sea Phase will include a Tactical Maritime Exercise involving the domains of Surface Action, Air Direction, Air Defense, Maritime Surveillance and Interdiction Operations between Qatar Amiri Naval Ships, Qatar Amiri Aircrafts and Indian Naval Ship Trikand.
INS Trikand, commanded by Captain Harish Bahuguna, is one of the frontline frigates of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors. The ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and is under the Operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, based at Mumbai.
The Qatar Amiri Naval Forces participating in this exercise include the two Anti-Ship Missile equipped Barzan Class Fast Attack Craft and Damsah class Fast Attack Craft along with AW-139 helicopter and Rafale Fighter Aircraft from the Qatar Amiri Air Force.
India and Qatar cooperation in diverse sectors has been steadily growing in an excellent framework provided by historically close ties and regular and substantive engagement, including at the highest levels of the two Governments. The second edition of the Bilateral Maritime Exercise between the two navies would further strengthen the robust defense co-operation between the two countries.
In another development, the Chief-of-Staff of Qatar Armed Forces H E Lieutenant-General (Pilot) Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem met Tuesday with Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration in the Sultanate of Oman Brigadier General (Navy) Issa bin Salem Al Owaisi, who is currently visiting the country.
During the meeting, they reviewed the military relations between the two countries and ways to enhance and develop them. The meeting was attended by a number of senior officers in the Qatar Armed Forces, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
For his part, Qatar Amiri Guard Commander Major General Hazza bin Khalil Al Shahwani met with Commander of Jordanian Special Royal Guard Brigadier General Raed Ahmed Al Ajarmeh.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations of common interest in military fields and ways to enhance and develop them.
The meeting was attended by a number of senior officers of the Amiri Guard.