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The 'Meteoro' works with the Indian Navy ship 'Sumedha' in the Alboran Sea.

Mediterranean Sea
October 2, 2023
  • The ship is integrated in the Maritime Operational Command in Presence, Surveillance and Deterrence Operations.

The Maritime Action Ship 'Meteoro' (P-41), integrated in the Maritime Operational Command under the operational control of the Operations Command, has carried out a bilateral collaboration exercise, PASSEX, with the Indian Navy's ocean patrol vessel 'Sumedha' (P-58) in the waters of the Alboran Sea. The aim of this type of activity is to strengthen ties with India and improve crew training and interoperability between the two navies.

The INS 'Sumedha' is deployed in the Mediterranean, and is engaged in Defence Diplomacy activities with various countries such as Greece and Algeria. It has also recently participated in the multilateral exercise 'Bright Star' organised by the Egyptian and US navies, in which ships from several countries took part.

As part of the training with the Indian ship, visual communications exercises were conducted by flags, maritime exercises of evolutions and approaches, as well as a simultaneous cooperative boarding exercise, which allowed the Visiting and Registration Troops of each ship to practice procedures and exchange experiences.

During the exercise, the Indian Navy's 'Alouette-III' helicopter took several photographs of both ships from the air.

This opportunity to cooperate with an Indian Navy ship has motivated the crew to exchange different points of view, procedures and ways of doing things with their foreign counterparts.

As a sign of courtesy, the flags of both countries were hoisted on the masts of each ship, and in the final farewell, the crew of the 'Sumedha' showed the Spanish national flag together with the Indian flag, as a sign of friendship between the two countries.

It should be noted that cooperation between NATO countries, and those non-allied countries with which close cooperation is maintained, is essential to achieve the objectives related to global maritime security. Cultural exchange and common training exercises enhance cooperation and mutual understanding.