The Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Exercise 2017 (DANX-17) was conducted under the aegis of Andaman & Nicobar Command from 20 November 2017 to 24 November 2017.
For carrying out the exercise, the joint planning and integrated approach was adopted, aimed at synergistic application of forces.
• The key purpose of the exercise was to practice and validate procedures and drills of all the Command forces aimed at defending Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
• Accretional forces from the main land including fighters, Special Forces, Naval ships and heavy lift transport aircraft participated in the exercise.
• The exercise included night para jumps at sea, slithering of troops from helicopters and amphibious landings of troops by ships.
The exercise was crucial as at present, Indian Ocean Region (IOR) witnesses the increased Chinese footprint. China has been participating actively in anti-piracy operations in the region. It claims that the Indian Ocean is not India's Ocean.
When: 20-24 November 2017