The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX 17) concluded on 23 February 2017. The Exercise, which commenced on 24 January 2017, was conducted on the Western Seaboard.
More than 45 ships from the Western and Eastern Naval Commands of the Indian Navy, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, 5 submarines including the nuclear powered Chakra, 50 Naval aircraft, 11 ships from the Coast Guard, troops from the Army and 20 aircraft from the Air Force including Su 30s, Jaguars and AWACS, participated in the exercise.
The aim of the exercise was to test the various facets of war-fighting and joint combat capabilities of the armed forces to respond to given threat situations.
The exercise was conducted in phases. The Joint Work Up Phase saw several weapon firings by ships, submarines and aircraft from the Indian Navy and the Air Force.
The 2017 edition of TROPEX also included the conduct of large scale ‘Out of Area Contingency’ in island territory, which saw participation of all three services and their special forces.
The TROPEX 2017 concluded with Tactical Phase conducted over 10 days, and witnessed intense action by both the opposing forces.
The month-long exercise provided an apt-opportunity to test the combat capability of the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard. In addition, it also strengthened their inter-operability and joint operations in complex conflict situation.