Indian Naval Ship Talwar in Mombasa to Participate in Exercise Cutlass Express 2021

Source: PIB

 What is the News?

Indian Naval Ship Talwar is participating in a multinational training Exercise named “Cutlass Express 2021”. It is being conducted along the East Coast of Africa.

About Exercise Cutlass Express:
  • Exercise Cutlass Express is an annual maritime exercise, conducted to promote national and regional maritime security in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.
  • The exercise is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security and increase interoperability between the regional navies.

Note: Indian Navy is participating in the exercise in a ‘trainer role’.

Significance of India’s Participation:
About INS Talwar:
  • INS Talwar is the lead ship of the Talwar-class frigates of the Indian Navy.
  • The ship was built in Russia and commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2003.

About Critical Maritime Routes Indian Ocean(CRIMARIO):

  • The CRIMARIO Project was launched by the European Union(EU) in 2015.
  • The project aims to improve maritime security and safety in the wider Indian Ocean, with a particular focus on selected countries and archipelagos in East Africa.
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