India-Qatar has started the 2nd edition of the joint maritime exercise. This exercise includes a three-day harbour phase followed by a two-day sea phase. The sea phase is comprised of tactical maritime exercises involving surface action,anti-piracy exercises, air defence, maritime surveillance, etc. In the sea phase of the exercise, the Indian Navy’s stealth frigate INS Triaknd, QENF missile boat and Rafale fighter aircrafts participated.
A joint exercise with one or more nations serves the aim of signalling to a third country the influence we’ve within the region and an illustration of our resolve to further our diplomatic objectives…It facilitates better coordination between the militaries, observation of enemy’s tactics, and familiarisation with new technologies, enabling on-the-job training of each other’s crews.
These are useful just in case of joint military operations be it in war or operations other than warlike disaster relief, and humanitarian aid. Perhaps, the foremost important advantage of joint military exercises is ‘strategic signalling’. A joint exercise with one or more nations serves the aim of signalling to a third country the influence we have got within the region and an illustration of our resolve to further our diplomatic objectives. These exercises help during joint operations and missions undertaken by countries and also help enhance interoperability, These exercises help develop a better understanding of the other nation’s coast guard operations and also thanks to reinforcing coordination during differing kinds of missions.
The Zair-Al-Bahar or roar of the sea was first conducted in 2019. The purpose of the exercise is to promote interoperability between the navies of the two countries. India and Qatar established diplomatic bilateral relations in 1973. Amir Hamad bin khalifa AL Thani of Qatar was on a diplomatic visit to India in April 1999, May 2005, and April 2012.PM Modi visited Doha on a two-day visit, this visit was focused on economic relations, especially in the hydrocarbon sector.