India’s tri-service exercise kicks off

The Indian Navy kicked off its annual theatre readiness operational exercise (TROPEX) on January 24.

Over the course of the next 30 days, ships and aircraft of both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands, including assets from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard exercise together.

The exercise is taking place off the Western Seaboard.

According to the Indian Navy, TROPEX has grown in scale and complexity over the years and will see participation of major surface combatants and air assets including the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, nuclear submarine Chakra, Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Jalashwa, the recently commissioned destroyer Chennai, the P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft operating alongside SU-30 MKI, Jaguars, AWACS, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft of the Indian Air Force and Infantry units of the Indian Army.

The exercise will be conducted in various phases, both in harbour and at sea encompassing the various facets of war-fighting and combat operations.

Indian Navy said the exercise is aimed at testing combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. It will also strengthen inter-operability and joint operations in a complex environment.

The last edition of the exercise was conducted in January 2015.

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