India-Vietnam Military exercise

• The navies of India and Vietnam undertook a bilateral exercise in the South China Sea.

• INS Ranvijay and INS Kora undertook bilateral maritime exercises with Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) frigate VPNS Ly Thai To (HQ-012).

Significance:

• The bilateral interaction aims to consolidate the strong bond shared by the two navies and would be another step towards strengthening India-Vietnam defence relations.

• The sea phase included surface warfare exercises, weapon firing drills and helicopter operations. Regular interactions between the two navies over the years have enhanced their interoperability and adaptability.

• Both India and Vietnam have common concerns over China’s military expansionism in the South China Sea.

• Vietnam, an important country of the ASEAN has territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea region.

• India has oil exploration projects in the Vietnamese waters in the South China Sea.

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Mains Paper 3: Defence and Security

Prelims level: India-Vietnam Military exercise

Mains level: Highlights about the exercise

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