Joint exercise of armed forces 'Tropex' begins
A joint exercise, of the country's armed forces began at Madhavpur, which is significantly located 80 nautical miles from Pakistan's trade centre Karachi.india Updated: Feb 09, 2009 15:42 IST
A joint exercise, of the country's armed forces began on Monday at Madhavpur, which is significantly located 80 nautical miles from Pakistan's trade centre Karachi.
The exercise called 'Tropex' is being carried out when the relationship of India with the neighbouring country is strained after the Mumbai terror attacks.
Madhavpur, a village on the Gujarat coast, has been chosen for the exercise due to its strategic location. The state coastline has important petroleum refineries in Porbandar's neighbouring district of Jamnagar, official sources said.
The lone arrested terrorist of the Mumbai attack, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, who came from Pakistan, had hijacked an Indian fishing trawler Kuber which belonged to Porbandar, to reach Mumbai.
Around 1,500 personnels of the armed forces apart from top officials of the three services are taking part in 'Tropex', sources said.
The entire area where the exercise is taking place has been sealed off as civilians are not allowed to watch.
This is for the first time in the recent history that all three services of the armed forces are engaged in a joint exercise on the Gujarat coast, officials said adding that it is being monitored by top officials.
First Published: Feb 09, 2009 15:40 IST