HMS Defender and INS Tarkash during exercise Konkan

HMS Defender Meets Indian Navy For Exercise Konkan

The vessels honed their joint-capabilities in the channel.

HMS Defender and INS Tarkash during exercise Konkan

HMS Defender and INS Tarkash during Exercise Konkan (Picture: Royal Navy).

The Royal Navy’s HMS Defender has joined forces with the Indian Navy as part of Exercise Konkan in the English Channel.

The Type 45 destroyer met INS Tarkash off the South Coast for the annual Asia-Pacific deployment.

Exercise Konkan, which tests to joint capabilities of the two Commonwealth navies, normally takes place across 450 miles of the Indian Ocean.

Together, the navies conducted anti-submarine demonstrations, combined training manoeuvres and boarding operations.

British forces hosted the event on the eve of the 72nd anniversary of Indian independence, due to the dispatch of Delhi’s ships to Western Europe

Defender’s Commanding Officer Commander Richard Hewitt said: "It is these regular engagements and opportunities to train with other navies that prove our capability to deliver on operations alongside our allies."


The Wildcat helicopter decked with HMS Defender. In the distance, INS Tarkash is ready to welcome the aircraft on board (Picture Royal Navy).

HMS Defender left Portsmouth for their mission to the Pacific Rim on Monday, before meeting the Rusian-built frigate INS Tarkash.

Both stealth vessels are designed to lay low on enemy radar displays, Defender shielding task groups from air attack while Tarkash possesses anti-ship, anti-land and anti-air missiles.

Crews were encouraged to trade places with one-another while Indian and British personnel were also encouraged to step into each other’s shoes, with a select few spending several hours experiencing life in a different navy.

Engineering Technician Angus Lawrence, saying: "It was interesting to see how culturally different the ship was, but also lots of similarities to our own ship."