The Russian and Indian Navy will begin two-and-a-half-week joint exercises in mid-May, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Kuroyedov said on Thursday.
"The joint exercises will take place in the Indian Ocean, in the eastern part of the Arabian Sea," Kuroyedov said.
Two warship units from the Black Sea and Pacific Fleets and Indian naval flotilla "will carry out joint missile and artillery fire drill" and "will train rescue operations in the sea and anti-submarine operations," he said.
"The Russian-Indian naval exercises will become the first step towards restoring Russia's permanent naval presence in the World Ocean," he said.
Nine ships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet, including the missilecruiser Moskva and large anti-submarine vessels Marshal Shaposhnikov and Admiral Penteleyev from the Pacific Fleet, will take part in the exercises.
India will maneuver surface vessels and submarines from the Indian Navy's Western and Eastern Fleets, including the Vikrant aircraft carrier.