Indian navy was set to conduct its largest war game, Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX 19) which was about to begin on January 7 till March 10 of this year. However, the terror attack in Pulwama on February 14 led to the rapid redeployment of the Navy for operations in the North Arabian Sea. This was necessary to combat the progressively unfolding tensions between the two neighbours. The major installations of the Indian Navy including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the submarines and all the aircraft were diverted from the exercise to operational mode as the situations between the two nations worsened. Had this not happened, the Indian Navy would have witnessed its biggest War exercise.
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The TROPEX exercise.
TROPEX is the interservice military exercise which involves the participation if tri-services i.e., The Army, Air Force, The Navy along with the Indian Coast Guard. This exercise generally commences at the beginning of each year and lasts for a couple of months. This is carried out in three phrases i.e., independent workup phase, joint workup phase and tactical phase.
Beginning in 2005, the exercise has been conducted annually. Previously, the last edition of the exercise was conducted in 2017.
Generally, this exercise is conducted in the western seaboard involving the stakeholders across mainland and island territories. the main objective of this operation is to test the robustness of the entire coastal security apparatus.
Aftermath the tensions between the two states are on the verge of de-escalation, the Naval chief, has debriefed the TROPEX exercise for this year in Kochi.
In the year 2017, This exercise was followed by the largest coastal defence exercise, "Sea Vigil".
Sea Vigil exercise..
This exercise has a deployment of about 150 ships, 40 aircraft and a number of other strategic assets of the Navy and Coast Guard every year. /the main objectives of this exercise include
- Activating the coastal security mechanism across all naval deployments,
- Evaluating the critical areas and processes, including information sharing and technical surveillance.
- Validating the efficacy of measures taken since 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks which was a major lesson of the Indian Navy.
Other Naval exercises..
Indian Navy conducts various exercises every year. One must have an idea of these operations being a defence aspirant. Let's see what are all the Naval exercises in a nut shell
- IBSAMAR: Series of naval exercises between the navies of India, Brazil, South Africa.
- INDRA: A Joint bi-annual military exercise conducted by India and Russia, started in the year 2003.
- Malabar: A trilateral naval exercise which involves the navies of the United States, India and Japan which is often hosted by the US
- Milan: This is a multilateral naval exercise hosted by the Indian Navy under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.
- SIMBEX: A maritime bilateral exercise conducted between the navies of India and Singapore
- SLINEX: This is the series of naval exercises conducted by the navies of India and Sri Lanka.
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