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Western Naval Command Undertakes an Exercise to Review Operational and Combat Readiness

Over 20 Indian Naval warships, six submarines, and a variety of aircraft participated in the exercise

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Raju Vernekar
Raju Vernekar
Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

INDIA. Mumbai: Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command (WNC), embarked ships of Western Fleet off the West Coast of India from October 11 to October 13, to review Operational/ Combat readiness of the Fleet in a multi-threat scenario. 

Over 20 Indian naval warships, six submarines, and a variety of aircraft participated in the exercise. This day and night tactical exercise included extensive weapon and integration drills and target engagements in all three dimensions, an Indian Navy statement read.

During the high-tempo operations, the Commander-in-Chief also witnessed anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine engagements; multi-ship underway replenishments; boarding operations/visits; board, search, and seizure (VBSS) under rigorous operational situations.

The ability of the Western Fleet to monitor the entire area of responsibility of the WNC through network centric capabilities was also proven effective.

The anti-submarine operations included the deployment of active and passive arrays for detection of submarines by ships; Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capable P8I aircraft and shipborne helicopters, which culminated in torpedo firing.

The exercise also demonstrated the operational capability and readiness of the largest air station of the Indian Navy—INS Hansa in Goa—to undertake 24×7 operations in support of the fleet.

Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Dornier and IL-38, HALE UAV Sea-Guardian, Integral helicopters Sea King, Kamov 31, ALH and Chetak, and fighter aircraft MiG 29 K of the Indian Navy and SU 30 of the Indian Air Force contributed effectively towards surveillance and combat operations.

The gun, missile, and torpedo firings were solely focused on the Indian Navy’s objective of “Ordnance on Target”. The missile, torpedo, and gun firings by ships were against high-speed air, surface, and subsurface targets in a realistic tactical scenario to establish the Area and Point Defence capabilities of the Navy. In addition, submarines undertook torpedo firings.

The pinpoint accuracy, seamless and safe execution of these firings showcased the lethality and effectiveness of the Indian Navy’s arsenal and weapon systems, reflecting a high standard of combat readiness, the statement read.

The Commanding in Chief complimented the Western Fleet, INS Hansa and the maritime element of the Indian Air Force for their readiness to accomplish the concept of operations as envisaged by the Indian Navy and contribute towards the maritime security of the nation.

The ships at sea were under the tactical command of Rear Admiral Sameer Saxena, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet.

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    Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

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