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In actual war-theatre, Navy's show goes on as usual Featured

  • Saturday, Mar 01 2014

Theater Level Operational Readiness Exercise of Indian Navy, involving more than 60 warships and as many as 75 aircraft came to an end yesterday.

Ironically the major annual war game of the Navy coincided with the tragic incident of Kilo class submarine INS Sindhurakshak in which two officers lost their lives while seven other were hospitalized culminating into the resignation of the Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi, who had launched the Tropex last month.   

The exercise involved large scale naval manoeuvres in all three dimensions viz. surface, air and underwater, across the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, sources in Indian Navy said here.

The month long exercise was aimed to assess the operational readiness of naval units, validate the Navy’s war fighting doctrine and integrate newly included capabilities in its 'Concept of Operations'.

According sources, around 60 ships and submarines, and 75 aircraft took part in this exercise, along with participation of units from Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard. The exercise also saw the 'maiden' participation by the newly acquired P 8I  Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft and the nuclear submarine, Chakra.

 

The exercise also provided the Indian Navy with an opportunity to validate its network centric warfare capabilities, with effective utilisation of the recently launched Indian Navy’s Satellite, GSAT 7. 

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