PORT KLANG: The Royal Malaysian Navy and its Indian counterpart will conduct the first joint table top exercise to strengthen their humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities.
India's Eastern Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Soonil V. Bhokare said the war gaming simulation exercise to be held in the Lumut naval base today would be another milestone in strengthening of maritime security cooperation between the two navies.
“In the table top exercise, planning teams from both sides will sit across the table and map out how to conduct the exercise right from planning to execution stage on matters involving High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) and maritime security operations,” he said at a press conference on board the Indian warship INS Shakti at Boustead Cruise Centre here on Friday.
Also present was Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia T.S. Trimurti.
Rear Admiral Bhokare said the table top exercise was a focused practice activity that places the participants in a simulated situation and tests the preparedness of both navies in mobilising their respective resources in terms of search and rescue operations to countries or islands hit by natural disasters.
He said the defence cooperation of Malaysia and India started in 1987 and since then, it had progressed tremendously, especially in the last two to three years.
He noted that the Indian navy was a regular participant at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia.
INS Shakti together with two other Indian warships – INS Sahyadri and INS Kirch – under his command arrived at Port Klang yesterday for a four-day goodwill visit.
The last visit of the Eastern fleet to Malaysia was on June last year when the ships visited Kuantan. — Bernama