The Indian Navy is holding joint exercise along with Indian Army and Air force off the Goa coast "to reaffirm preparedness in defending strategically important coastal installations, ports and vital national assets along the west coast."
The first phase of this exercise concluded on April 6 and the entire exercise would conclude at the end of this month, stated chief of western naval command Vice Admiral Madanjeet Singh.
The exercise is scheduled to be conducted at the western seaboard throught the month of April in three phases, the work-up phase, the weapon phase and the tactical phase, he stated.
The full complement of western and eastern fleets, some units of Indian Army and Indian Air Force are taking part in the exercise. The frontline warship of the Indian Navy, including the aircraft carrier, INS Viraat are participating in the multi-faceted exercise.
Vice Admiral Singh stated that several types of military operations are being conducted during the course of exercise. Long range deployment of ships and aircraft, anti submarine operations, strikes by aircraft on targets at sea, amphibious landings, submarine operations, para dropping of special forces, missile and weapon firing are some of the major operations in the exercise.
The western and eastern fleets of the Indian Navy have joined forces with the aim to achieve integration in operations during weapons phase and before moving on to the tactical phase of the exercise, stated Vice Admiral Singh.