Indian, Algerian navies conduct passex


The Indian Navy’s Talwar class stealth frigate INS Tabar undertook a bilateral Passage Exercise (passex) with the Algerian Navy’s Adhafer class stealth corvette ANS Ezzadjer in North African waters late last month.

The Embassy of India said the passex took place on 29 August and was designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security and increase interoperability between the navies of the two friendly countries.

“The passex between INS Tabar and ANS Ezzadjer will contribute to further strengthening friendly contacts and cooperation between the navies of India and Algeria,” the Embassy said. “The joint exercise between INS Tabar and ANS Ezzadjer included professional interactions, sharing of best practices, and communication drills at sea.”

INS Tabar is commanded by Captain Mahesh Mangipudi and has a complement of 300 personnel. The ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet which is based at Mumbai under Western Naval Command. It is on a four-month deployment across Africa and Europe to participate in joint exercises with friendly navies and enhance military cooperation through naval engagements.