In­dian Navy fleet ma­noeu­vres in lit­torals off Gu­jarat and Ma­ha­rash­tra

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large-scale an­nual op­er­a­tional ex­er­cise of the Western Naval Com­mand of the In­dian Navy con­cluded re­cently off the lit­torals of Gu­jarat and Ma­ha­rash­tra. The week-long ex­er­cise termed ‘De­fence of Gu­jarat Ex­er­cise’ tested the op­er­a­tional readi­ness of the Western Naval Com­mand in re­la­tion to lit­toral com­bat and the de­fence of vi­tal off­shore as­sets in the north­ern coastal states of Western seaboard of In­dia.

In ad­di­tion to large ship’s like Delhi class de­stroy­ers, Teg and Go­davari class frigates op­er­at­ing un­der the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Western Fleet (FOCWF) the ex­er­cise also in­volved a large num­ber of ves­sels of the lo­cal flotilla in­clud­ing po­tent mis­sile ves­sels of the 22nd Killer Squadron, pa­trol ves­sels and minesweep­ers op­er­at­ing un­der the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra and Gu­jarat Naval Area (FOMAG). Coast Guard pa­trol ves­sels, in­te­grated into the op­er­a­tions played a key part in pro­vid­ing mul­ti­ple lay­ers of de­fen­sive sur­veil­lance. In ad­di­tion to

Anew war­ship has been handed over to the Royal Navy of Oman amid colour­ful cel­e­bra­tions on HM Naval Base Portsmouth re­cently. AL Rahmani is the sec­ond of three 99-me­tre corvettes de­signed, built and de­liv­ered for the Royal Navy of Oman as part of Project Kha­reef.

Mick Ord, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of BAE Sys­tems Mar­itime – Naval Ships, said: “This is a proud oc­ca­sion for both the Royal Navy of Oman and our em­ploy­ees who have worked to­gether to de­sign, build and de­liver this im­pres­sive ship. The de­liv­ery of th­ese three corvettes now has a real mo­men­tum be­hind it, which is tes­ta­ment to the strong part­ner­ship we have built with the Royal Navy of Oman and the ded­i­ca­tion of ev­ery­one on the project.”

We will now sup­port AL Rahmani’s crew

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