Indian Navy Focusing on Andaman & Nicobar Islands from Arabian Sea to Prepare for a Two Front War


Usually, it is the army or the air-force which prepares for a two front war but now the India navy is preparing for any such situation that might arise in the near future.

After the navy conducted its three week long exercise in Arabian sea, it is gearing up for war games in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

‘Paschim Leher’, Indian Navy’s operational exercise was concluded by Western command of the navy on the Arabian Sea.

According to the Indian Navy sources, over 40 naval assets, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, frontline ships of the Western Fleet and Eastern Fleet (including the newly inducted Kolkata-class destroyers), submarines, potent missile vessels of the 22nd Killer Squadron, patrol vessels and craft of the local flotilla and Indian Coast Guard, participated in the exercise.

“In addition, the exercise also witnessed intense flying activity by the carrier-borne MiG-29Ks, P-8Is, IL-38SDs and Dorniers as well as remotely piloted aircraft,” said an officer

This exercise also saw enhanced  participation by the aircraft of the Indian Air Force, with coordinated flying missions with the IN air assets. Maritime role Jaguars, Su-30 MKI, AWACS, Flight Refuellers participated in large numbers from different airfields in Gujarat, Maharashtra  and North India.

An amphibious landing was also conducted, which included the participation of the 91 Inf Bde of the Indian Army  as said by the press release of PIB.

“The exercise will enable further refinement of the operational, logistics and administrative plans of the Western Naval Command,” an officer added.

The Navy further said The XPL 2018 enabled testing and revalidation of operational plans and manoeuvres in a hostile maritime scenario on India’s Western Seaboard.

Indian Navy’s exercise Milan is scheduled from March 6 to March 11. 23 countries have been invited for the event and 16 has confirmed to attend the event. Navy is expected to move to eastern side after completion of Exercise Pashcim Lehar.

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