Indian Navy officials have said that the deployment was part of mega theatre level operational naval readiness exercise 'TROPEX 19'
India’s big warning to Pakistan! India stationed INS Vikramaditya, INS Chakra, 60 ships, 80 aircraft in the Arabian Sea! Sending a stern message to Pakistan, Indian Navy deployed nuclear submarine INS Chakra, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in operational mode in the North Arabian Sea recently. Apart from these, 60 ships and nearly 80 aircraft were put on operational deployment. This move by New Delhi came in the wake of growing tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama attack, according to reports.
Indian Navy officials have said that the deployment was part of mega theatre level operational naval readiness exercise ‘TROPEX 19’. However, the aforementioned naval assets moved away from the area of the exercise following the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist attacked CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, the Indian Navy has said. According to the Indian Navy, its “overwhelming superiority” in all 3 dimensions meant that the Pakistan Navy was forced to remain deployed close to the Makran coast, and not venture out in the open ocean.
According to ANI, the exercise, which has been termed as “largest war games”, began on January 7 and was scheduled to culminate on March 10. However, as tension escalated between India and Pakistan, the major combat units of the Indian Navy including the Carrier Battle Group with INS Vikramaditya, nuclear submarines and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft swiftly transited from exercise to operational deployment mode, Navy Spokesperson Capt D K Sharma was quoted as saying by PTI.
On February 28, tri-services officials held a press conference during which Indian Navy Rear Admiral DS Gujral said it was in a high state of readiness to “deter, prevent and defeat” any “misadventure” by Pakistan in the maritime domain, according to reports.
What is TROPEX 19?
TROPEX 19 stands for War Game of the Indian Navy – the Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise. It is by far the largest in terms of geographical spread. Around 60 ships of the Indian Navy, 12 ships of the Indian Coast Guard and 60 aircraft were part of TROPEX 19. Indian Navy focuses on the ‘Versatility’ to change roles, ‘Mobility’ and ‘Poise’. TROPEX 19 allowed the Indian Navy to expeditiously respond to the developing situation in synergy with the three services, Indian Navy said.
Earlier, TROPEX 19 had commenced with Tri-services Amphibious Exercise in the A & N islands with the participation of Army and Air Force. This was followed by the largest Coastal Defence Exercise code-named SEA VIGIL’ on January 22 Jan and January 23 19 with the participation of all 13 Coastal States and Union Territories along with all maritime stakeholders.