Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) Ships Varyag, Admiral Panteleyev and Boris Butoma are on a visit to Visakhapatnam to participate in INDRA Navy, the bilateral maritime exercise between #IndianNavy and Russian Federation Navy. The 10th edition of exercise INDRA Navy will be conducted at and off Visakhapatnam from 09 to 16 December 2018. The primary aim of the exercise is to increase inter-operability amongst the two navies, develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. Initiated in 2003, the exercise has matured over the years with increase in scope, complexity and level of participation. This edition of the exercise will be held in two phases, with the harbour phase at Visakhapatnam from 09 to 12 December 2018 encompassing planning conferences, professional interactions, cultural visits, sports fixtures and formal calls between senior officers of participating navies. The Sea Phase, scheduled from 13 to 16 December 2018, will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal. The thrust of exercises at sea would be on Anti Submarine Warfare, Air Defence drills, Surface Firings, Visit Board Search and Seizure operations and tactical procedures. During exercise INDRA Navy-18, the Indian Navy will be represented by INS Ranvir, Satpura, Kadmatt, Kuthar, Khanjar and Jyoti. In addition, one Sindhughosh class submarine, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Hawk fighter aircraft and other integral rotary wing helicopters will be taking part in the exercise. The Indian Navy ships participating in the exercise would be under the Command of Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet. Ships of the RuFN would be under the Command of Rear Admiral Mikhailov Edward Evgenievich, Chief of the Headquarters, Submarine Forces, Pacific Fleet and ships from the Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok.