Exercise Ibsamar IIII begins


The naval forces of South African, Brazil and India are readying themselves for the latest iteration of the Ibsamar biennial maritime exercise.

Following hot on the heels of Exercise Atlasur IX, which ended on Tuesday 9 October, elements of the Indian Navy arrive in Simon’s Town today for Exercise Ibsamar IIII.

Exercise Atlasur IX was a multinational maritime exercise between the navies of South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay which included Special Forces tactics. With the exercise concluded, the ARA Espora of Argentina and the ROU Uruguay of Uruguay departed.

The arrival of the Indian Navy INS Deepak (fleet tanker) and INS Delhi (missile destroyer) will join the Brazilian corvette BNS Barroso and the South African forces which participated in Atlasur IX. This includes the offshore patrol vessel SAS Umzimkulu, the frigate SAS Amatola and the submarine SAS Queen Modjadji I.

Ibsamar, much likes Atlasur, is a biennial multinational maritime exercise, but between the navies of India, Brazil and South Africa. It was initiated and hosted by South Africa in 2008. Ibsamar II was lead by India but also hosted in South Africa in 2010. Again, South Africa will be hosting Ibsamar III, but this time Brazil will lead the exercise.

The sea-going exercises under Ibsamar III will be conducted on the South West Coast of South Africa over the period 10-26 October while the exercise in its entirety concludes on 30 October.

The SA Navy has said that the aim of the exercise is to provide collective training for Brazilian, Indian and South African Navy units, building interoperability and mutual understanding between the respective navies. This exercise will also involve members of the Special Forces from all three navies.

The two Indian vessels will be welcomed by a traditional 21 Gun salute that will be fired from Lower North Gun Battery in Simon’s Town.

INS Delhi, built in India and commissioned in 1997, is a multipurpose Command and Control platform capable of operating in a multi threat environment. She is equipped with a formidable arsenal of missiles, guns, torpedoes, anti-submarine rockets and chaff decoys. She can carry two Sea King Helicopters capable of both anti-submarines as well as anti-surface operations.

INS Deepak, commissioned in 2011, is a modern fleet tanker, which is also designed to be utilized as a fleet support ship. She has the capacity to carry liquid and solid cargo, together with cargo containers on the upper deck and can provide fuel to three ships at sea, at one time.