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Indian Navy Conducts Mega Drills in Arabian Sea With Two Aircraft Carriers

© Photo : Indian NavyA naval variant of India's homegrown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas successfully landed on the INS Vikrant
A naval variant of India's homegrown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas successfully landed on the INS Vikrant - Sputnik India, 1920, 10.06.2023
Delhi regularly carries out military drills in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), including the Arabian Sea, covering both the eastern and western coastlines of the country.
The Indian Navy has conducted a mega operation on the western seaboard in the Arabian Sea that featured both its aircraft carriers in addition to a vast range of warships, submarines, and fighter planes. The drills are billed as the largest in recent times.
Both aircraft carriers - the India-built INS Vikrant which was commissioned into the navy last year and the Russian-origin INS Vikramaditya - were used as "floating airfields" during the combat drill. Aircraft of different dimensions, such as the MiG-29K and choppers including the MH-60R Seahawk Romeos, the locally produced Advanced Light helicopters and Kamov, all landed.

"The Indian Navy has undertaken the twin-carrier CBG [carrier battle group] operations with more than 35 aircraft in the Arabian Sea, demonstrating its formidable capability in ensuring sustained air operations across the vast maritime expanse and underscoring our commitment to safeguarding India's national interests," Commander Vivek Madhwal said.

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Although the Indian Navy official didn't reveal the exact dates when the exercise was conducted, this is the first time that New Delhi has employed both its CBGs in the same operation.

A carrier battle group (CBG) is a large fleet with an aircraft carrier being the centerpiece of the formation. Other vessels, including frigates, destroyers, and smaller warships form the second and essential part of a CBG.

Commander Madhwal dubbed the military drill a "significant milestone" for the Indian Navy given that it was increasingly making efforts to ensure security in the seas.
"This demonstration of naval prowess underscores India's commitment to safeguarding its national interests, maintaining regional stability, and fostering cooperative partnerships in the maritime domain," Commander Madhwal elaborated.
The exercise reportedly showcased "seamless operational integration" between India's two carrier battle groups, highlighting how pivotal the navy is to New Delhi's security interests in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere.
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