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Navy completed TROPEX war drills in Indian Ocean Region

Mar 3, 2014 11:50 IST

Indian Navy on 1 March 2014 successfully completed Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX), one of its largest war drills spread over Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal region.

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TROPEX was a month-long exercise (started on 13 February 2014) with an aim to assess the operational readiness of naval units. The exercise has also validated the war fighting doctrine of Navy and has integrated newly included capabilities in its Concept of Operations.

The drill involved large scale naval manoeuvres in all three dimensions surface, air and underwater like nuclear submarine INS Chakra, over 50 ships and 75 combat and surveillance aircraft. It also saw participation of units from Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. It also saw maiden participation of the newly acquired P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft.

The recently launched satellite GSAT-7 was utilised by Navy in validating its network centric warfare capabilities.

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