Updated: June 23, 2021 5:16:45 am
The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy will participate in an exercise with a US carrier strike group (CSG) in the Indian Ocean for two days starting Wednesday.
As part of the exercise, Sukhois, Jaguars, IAF refuelling aircraft and warships and maritime patrol aircraft of the Navy will participate in the exercise.
The Navy said in a statement that its INS Kochi and Teg, along with P8I and MiG-29K aircraft will participate in a ‘Passage Exercise’ with US Navy CSG Ronald Reagan during its transit through Indian Ocean Region” on June 23 and June 24.
“The Indian Naval warships along with aircraft from Indian Navy and Indian Air Force will be 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 US CSG, the air force said, is expected to field F-18 fighters and E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft.
The exercise will be carried out south of Thiruvananthapuram, on the western seaboard.
Navy said the two-day exercise “aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship and cooperation by demonstrating the ability to integrate and coordinate comprehensively in maritime operations” and “high tempo operations during the exercise include advanced air defence exercises, cross deck helicopter operations and anti-submarine exercises”.
The participating forces, the Navy said, “will endeavour to hone their war-fighting skills and enhance their interoperability as an integrated force to promote peace, security and stability in the maritime domain”.
The Air Force also said in a statement that the exercise “as a strategic outreach exercise with the defence forces of friendly foreign countries” will “focus on multiple areas including enhancing aspects of interoperability, nuances of international integrated maritime (Search and Rescue) operations and exchange of best practices in the maritime airpower domain.”
The Ronald Reagan CSG is “currently deployed in the IOR”, said the Air Force.
The exercise, it said, is in the Southern Air Command’s area of responsibility and “will see the IAF forces operate from bases under four operational commands” and will include Jaguars, Su-30 MKI fighters, Air-to-Air Refueller aircraft, Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) and Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C).
It said that the Air Force has “extensive experience in maritime operations in the IOR” which has been “consolidated over the years by conduct of exercises from the country’s island territories, including participation in International exercises”.
“This engagement with the US CSG offers one more opportunity to undertake joint operations in the maritime domain with a friendly foreign power,” said the Air Force.
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