AD­MI­RAL SUNIL LANBA, CNS, RE­VIEWS EX­ER­CISE TROPEX 2017

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Ad­mi­ral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, em­barked ships of the Indian Fleet (both West­ern & Eastern) to re­view the on­go­ing An­nual Theatre level Readi­ness and Op­er­a­tional Ex­er­cise (TROPEX) 2017 which is presently un­der­way since Jan­uary 24, 2017. The CNS was ac­com­pa­nied by Gen­eral Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, and Vice Ad­mi­ral Girish Luthra, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mandin­gin-Chief, West­ern Naval Com­mand.

The CNS wit­nessed a host of ex­er­cises, viz. gun­nery shoots, sur­face-to-air mis­sile en­gage­ments, BrahMos fir­ing and op­er­a­tions of the com­bined fleet in a com­plex multi-threat en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing sub­sur­face and air threats. The high-point of the ex­er­cise was large force en­gage­ment (LFE) by the Fleet units against threat sim­u­lated by air el­e­ment from the Indian Air Force com­pris­ing AWACS, Su-30s, Jaguars and IL-78 (AAR). These threats em­anated from dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions and were neu­tralised by us­ing be­yond vis­ual range (BVR) mis­sile ca­pa­bil­i­ties of MiG-29Ks, the in­te­gral air arm of the Indian Navy, op­er­at­ing from INS Vikra­ma­ditya in co­or­di­na­tion with other Fleet units. All these ex­er­cises val­i­dated the com­bat ef­fec­tive­ness of the Indian Navy plat­forms.

The CNS, dur­ing his ad­dress to the Fleet, con­grat­u­lated the men for keep­ing the fleet com­bat ready at all times and ex­e­cut­ing all as­signed tasks in a most pro­fes­sional man­ner. CNS also men­tioned that train­ing dur­ing peace­time has to be at par with how we would fight dur­ing war and em­pha­sised on tak­ing bold de­ci­sions with due cog­ni­sance to risks in­volved and en­sur­ing safety of men and ma­te­rial.

TROPEX 2017 is a month-long ex­er­cise/war drill, en­com­pass­ing all di­men­sions of mar­itime war­fare and is wit­ness­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 60 ships, five sub­marines and more than 70 naval air­craft. It also in­cludes par­tic­i­pa­tion of a large num­ber of as­sets from the Indian Air Force, such as Su-30 and Jaguar fight­ers, AWACS, C-130J Her­cules and in-flight re­fu­elling air­craft, in­fantry am­phibi­ous el­e­ments from the Indian Army and ships/ air­craft from the Indian Coast Guard.

TROPEX 2017 as­sumes spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance in the back­drop of the cur­rent se­cu­rity sce­nario, be­ing aimed at test­ing com­bat readi­ness of the com­bined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the as­sets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. It will also strengthen in­ter­op­er­abil­ity and joint op­er­a­tions in a com­plex en­vi­ron­ment.

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