Indian Navy carries out airborne commando drill in Arabian Sea to combat piracy

Team India Sentinels Monday 26th of February 2024 10:27 PM

MARCOS commandos jumping from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during the drill. (India Sentinels photo via special arrangement.)

New Delhi: The Indian Navy has bolstered its anti-piracy efforts in the Arabian Sea with a dramatic airborne insertion of its special forces personnel. In a statement on Monday, the Navy said its MARCOS commandos, along with inflatable craft, were paradropped from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft recently, demonstrating a heightened response to recent security concerns in the region.

It said the operation, motivated by ongoing maritime threats in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden, underlines the Navy’s commitment to protecting merchant shipping and seafarers. Sources suggest this move aligns with existing Indian naval deployments in the area, including guided-missile destroyers positioned strategically as a strong deterrent force.

A C-130J Super Hercules dropping an inflatable craft with a parachute in the Arabian Sea during the drill. (India Sentinels photo via special arrangement.)

This display of capability emphasizes the Navy’s readiness to combat piracy.  The use of specialized commandos and air assets highlights their versatility and swift response in safeguarding maritime trade routes.

The inflatable craft after being dropped from the C-130J Super Hercules. (India Sentinels photo via special arrangement.)

While specifics of the operation remain confidential, this drill is one of the many pointers to India’s unwavering determination to maintain a secure maritime environment in a region vital to international commerce. As India Sentinels had reported earlier, the Navy has deployed additional warships and aircraft to bolster security in the north Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden region.


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