IAF, Indian Navy and US Navy Carrier Strike Group conduct integrated exercise in Indian Ocean

Sayan Chatterjee Thursday 24th of June 2021 03:02 PM

New Delhi: Indian Navy and Indian Air Force are participating in the integrated operational exercise with the US Navy Carrier Strike Group Ronald Reagan in the Indian Ocean Region, off Thiruvananthapuram. The exercise which began on June 23, will conclude this evening.

From Indian Navy, Indian Naval Ships (INS) Kochi and Teg along with P8I and MiG 29K aircraft are participating in the Passage Exercise with the US Navy Carrier Strike Group Ronald Reagan, which is in transit through Indian Ocean Region.

The Indian Naval warships along with aircraft from Indian Navy and Indian Air Force engaged in joint multi-domain operations with the Carrier Strike Group comprising Nimitz class aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey and Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh.

The two-day exercise aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship and co-operation by demonstrating the ability to integrate and coordinate comprehensively in maritime operations.

The integrated exercise of IAF & IN with US Navy Ronald Reagan CSG gets underway today. The engagement of IAF forces is spread out over 23 & 24 Jun. A joint flypast by IAF, @indiannavy & @USNavy ac will be executed during the exercise,” the IAF said in a tweet.

The combat jets of IAF — Sukhoi-30 MKI and Jaguars are also participating in the drill.

Platforms like AWACS, AEW&C and transport aircraft IL-78 have also been deployed for the integrated exercise to hone the interoperability among the forces.

High tempo operations during the exercise include advanced air defence exercises, cross deck helicopter operations and anti-submarine exercises.

The participating forces will endeavor to hone their war-fighting skills and enhance their interoperability as an integrated force to promote peace, security, and stability in the maritime domain.

Indian Navy and US Navy regularly undertake a host of bilateral and multilateral exercises which underscore the shared values as partner navies, in ensuring commitment to an open, inclusive and a rule-based international order.

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