On September 6, 2023, INS Sumedha arrived at Port Alexandria, Egypt, to participate in ‘Exercise BRIGHT STAR-23,’ marking the maiden participation of the Indian Navy in this multinational Tri-Services military exercise. This edition of the exercise is set to be the largest-ever joint military endeavor in the Middle East & North Africa region, featuring the involvement of 34 countries.
‘Ex BRIGHT STAR-23’ is designed to unfold in two distinct phases. The Harbour Phase will encompass a wide array of activities, including cross-deck visits, professional exchanges, sports fixtures, and discussions aimed at planning and conducting the Sea Phase. The Sea Phase, on the other hand, will involve intricate and high-intensity exercises, encompassing cross-deck flying, anti-surface, and anti-air exercises, including live weapon firing drills.
For the Indian Navy, this exercise presents a valuable opportunity to enhance and showcase interoperability while learning from the best practices in maritime security operations shared by its partner nations. INS Sumedha, under the command of Commander MC Chandeep, is playing a pivotal role in these operations. It is the third vessel of the indigenously built Saryu class Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPV) equipped with long endurance, necessary weaponry, sensors, and the capability to carry an integral helicopter. This deployment underscores the capabilities of the Indian shipbuilding industry, aligning with the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat.’
The exercise, spanning two weeks, is dedicated to reinforcing the participating navies’ ability to operate seamlessly as an integrated force. It highlights their shared commitment to maritime security and global stability through collaborative training and mutual understanding. In addition to the Indian Navy, this exercise will also feature naval ships from other friendly foreign navies, further strengthening international cooperation and partnerships in the region.