Tropex 2014


The In­dian Navy’s ma­jor an­nual ex­er­cise Tropex (Theatre Level Op­er­a­tional Readi­ness Ex­er­cise) con­cluded on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2014. The ex­er­cise in­volved large-scale naval ma­noeu­vres in all three di­men­sions, viz. sur­face, air and un­der­wa­ter, across the Bay of Ben­gal, Ara­bian Sea and the In­dian Ocean.

The month-long ex­er­cise was aimed to as­sess the op­er­a­tional readi­ness of naval units, val­i­date the Navy’s war-fight­ing doc­trine and in­te­grate newly in­cluded ca­pa­bil­i­ties in its ‘Con­cept of Op­er­a­tions’. Around 60 ships and sub­marines, and 75 air­craft took part in this ex­er­cise, along with par­tic­i­pa­tion of units from the In­dian Air Force and In­dian Coast Guard. The ex­er­cise also saw the ‘maiden’ par­tic­i­pa­tion by the newly ac­quired P-8I Long Range Mar­itime Pa­trol air­craft and the nu­clear sub­ma­rine Chakra.

The ex­er­cise also pro­vided the In­dian Navy with an op­por­tu­nity to val­i­date its net­work-cen­tric war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties, with ef­fec­tive util­i­sa­tion of the re­cently launched In­dian Navy’s Satel­lite, GSAT 7. SP

INS Chakra

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