ASEAN-India maritime exercise (AIME-2023)

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India recently sent two frontline warships to take part in the first-ever ASEAN-India maritime exercise (AIME-2023).

 About ASEAN-India maritime exercise (AIME-2023)

  • AIME-2023 is the first time India has been involved in exercises with the ASEAN though there have been exercises with ASEAN nations separately.
  • Aim: Enhancing interoperability and exchange of best practices among participating navies.
  • With AIME-2023, India becomes the 4th ASEAN dialogue partner, after Russia, China and the US, to hold the ASEAN+1 maritime exercise.
  • The maiden exercise will be conducted off the coast of Singapore and will feature harbour and at-sea events off the coast of Singapore.
  • Two major Indian Navy warships-- the INS Delhi, an indigenously built destroyer, and INS Satpura, a Shivalik-class, recently built modern stealth frigate-- are part of the exercise.

Key facts about Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN):

  • It is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian countries.
  • It was established in 1967 with the signing of the Bangkok declaration.
  • Aim: To promote intergovernmental cooperation and facilitate economic, political, security, military, educational, and socio-cultural integration among its members and other Asian states.
  • Members: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.


Q1) What is MALABAR exercise?

The Malabar series of exercises began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between the navies of India and US and gained further prominence with joining of the navies of Australia and Japan.

Source: Maiden ASEAN-India Maritime exercise starts in Singapore! Ten countries to participate