India-Mozambique-Tanzania Trilateral Exercise (IMT TRILAT) 2024

Date: 21-29 March 2024

  • Participants: Indian Navy warships INS Tir and INS Sujata, Mozambican Navy, Tanzanian Navy
  • Objective: Enhancing maritime security and cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region, fostering regional cooperation between India, Mozambique, and Tanzania

Phases:

  1. Harbour Phase (21-24 March 2024):
    • Conducted at ports of Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Maputo (Mozambique)
    • Activities include damage control, firefighting, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) procedures, medical lectures, casualty evacuation, diving operations
    • Indian Navy offering training to officer trainees from Mozambique and Tanzania
  2. Sea Phase (24-27 March 2024):
    • Practical aspects of countering asymmetric threats, VBSS procedures, boat handling, manoeuvres, and firing exercise
    • Joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance
  • Culmination: Joint debrief scheduled at Nacala (Mozambique)

Significance:

  • Marks a growing strategic partnership between India, Mozambique, and Tanzania
  • Enhances capabilities in tackling shared maritime threats like piracy, terrorism, and illegal resource exploitation
  • Highlights India’s commitment to the “Security and Growth for All in the Region” (SAGAR) vision
  • Aims to ensure a stable and secure Indian Ocean by engaging with East African nations.

 Future Collaboration: Success of IMT TRILAT could pave the way for further collaboration and contribute to a more robust maritime security architecture in the region.

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