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Joint war game in Bay of Bengal by Navy, CG, IAF begins

The Navy, Coast Guard and the IAF today kick-started a major joint war game in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam to test their synergy levels in a sea battle scenario.

delhi Updated: Feb 25, 2010 21:08 IST

The Navy, Coast Guard and the IAF today kick-started a major joint war game in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam to test their synergy levels in a sea battle scenario.

Ahead of the exercise, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar boarded India's sole aircraft carrier INS Viraat, deployed in the eastern front after several years, to watch the three armed forces going about their war drills codenamed 'Tropex-2010' in the sea.

"The exercise involves the participation of most major combatants of the Indian Navy, as also participation of the Indian Air Force and the Coast Guard," a Navy press release said here.

"Just as the combination of the two fleets and the elements of the sister services contribute to synergy, the presence of the Defence Secretary with the Navy Chief is indicative of the close coordination and synergy of the Navy and Defence Ministry, which is the key to enhancing effectiveness at the 'business end' of the Navy," it added.

The sword arms of the Navy, the Western and Eastern fleets, were presently carrying out a joint work up, after which they would proceed for a mock battle to test their tactical skills and operational readiness.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Airborne Early Warning (AEW) helicopters and advanced missile systems of the Navy and air-to-air re-fueller, Jaguars and Sukhoi-30 of the IAF were being deployed for the exercise. Missile, torpedo and gun firings would also be conducted.