Foreign Policy Watch: India-United States

U.S., India hold naval training


Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: INS Tarkash, Talwar Class Frigate, etc.

Mains level: Defence relationship between India and the US.


Exercise with the US Navy

  1. Indian Navy’s Talwar class frigate INS Tarkash has carried out a “greeting and training” exercise with the U.S. Navy’s Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG)
  2. The TRCSG was until now involved in operations against the Islamic State in the Arabian Gulf
  3. INS Tarkash sailed in formation with aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt , guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and other ships

Other particulars of the exercise

  1. Ten Indian sailors toured spaces aboard Preble such as a combat information centre, a central control station and the bridge, while 10 Preble sailors visited Tarkash
    (during the exercise)


INS Tarkash

  1. NS Tarkash (F50) is the fifth Talwar-class frigate constructed for the Indian Navy. She is part of the second batch of Talwar-class frigates ordered by the Indian Navy
  2. She was built at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia
  3. She was commissioned to Navy service on 9 November 2012 at Kaliningrad and joined the Western Naval Command on 27 December 2012

Talwar-class frigate 

  1. The Talwar-class frigates or Project 11356 are a class of guided missile frigates designed and built by Russia for the Indian Navy
  2. The Talwar-class guided missile frigates are the improved versions of the Krivak III-class (Project 1135) frigates used by the Russian Coast Guard
  3. The design has been further developed as the Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate for the Russian Navy
  4. Six ships were built in two batches between 1999 and 2013
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