Indo-Oman Joint Army Ex­er­cise Al Na­gah-II


INS Til­lan­chang, a wa­ter jet fast at­tack craft (WJFAC), was com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy by Vice Ad­mi­ral Girish Luthra, the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief of Western Naval Com­mand, at Kar­war re­cently. INS Til­lan­chang is the third ship of four fol­low-on WJFAC built by the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and En­gi­neers (GRSE), Kolkata. The first two ships of the class, IN ships Tar­mugli and Ti­hayu were com­mis­sioned in 2016 and are based at Visakha­p­at­nam. The ship has been in­dige­nously de­signed and built and is an up­grade from the Chet­lat class of fast at­tack craft that the In­dian Navy pos­sesses.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Vice Ad­mi­ral Girish Luthra said that these ships play a vi­tal role in light of se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try and are de­signed to take on both con­ven­tional and asym­met­ric threats. He ap­prised the gather­ing that Til­lan­chang was

The sec­ond edi­tion of the joint ex­er­cise be­tween the In­dian and Oman Armies com­menced with the open­ing cer­e­mony at Bak­loh, Hi­machal Pradesh. The train­ing con­tin­gents com­prised of pla­toon strength from both the armies, which was val­i­dated over two-three days by se­nior mil­i­tary ob­servers of both the coun­tries. The pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the ex­er­cise was held at Mus­cat, Oman, in 2015.

The aim of this ex­er­cise is to ac­quaint both forces with each other’s op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures, im­prove the in­ter­op­er­abil­ity in con­duct­ing joint oper­a­tions in the back­drop of counter-in­sur­gency/counter-ter­ror­ism en­vi­ron­ment as also to en­hance the ex­ist­ing mil­i­tary re­la­tion­ship be­tween the In­dian Army and the Royal Army of Oman.

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