Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Large Scale Fleet Exercises Conducted by Indian Navy in Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea

Large Scale Fleet Exercises Conducted by Indian Navy in Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea 

In pursuance of its constant endeavour to maintain high levels of combat readiness and counter emerging threats, the Indian Navy recently concluded large scale Fleet exercises on the Eastern Seaboard. The exercises were conducted across a vast geographical area, extending from the Northern Bay of Bengal to the Andaman Sea. 24 ships, 02 submarines and over 10 aircraft participated in the exercise, which included the nuclear submarine Chakra as well as units from the Andaman and Nicobar Command. A ship from the Western Naval Command, with the Kamov 31 Air Early Warning helicopter, was also deployed for the exercise.

With a view to hone war fighting skills and concepts, various aspects of maritime warfare were dove-tailed into the exercise, over a period of two weeks. A wide range of weapons, including Surface to Surface missiles (SSMs), Surface to Air missiles (SAMs) and Land Attack Missiles (LAMs) were fired from various platforms. The Hawk Fighter aircraft and P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft were also integrated into the exercise. 


Indian Navy Warships scheduled to be open to visitors at Ratnagir

As part of Navy Day celebrations and to interact with local agencies, two warships from Western Naval Command will be deployed to Bhagvati Jetty of Ratnagiri Port from 21 to 23 December 2015.  The ships will be open for visit by general public and school and college students on 22 and 23 December 2015 from 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM.  Due to security reasons, visitors are requested not to carry hand bags. 

In addition to the ships being open to visitors, a coastal security awareness drive is planned on 23 December 2015.  The awareness drive by the ships’ crew will be conducted with stake holders of coastal security, which includes Marine Police, state fisheries department and local fishing community etc.

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