New Delhi, March 5: With a two-front war in mind, the Indian vy undertook a gruelling military exercise along with the Army, Air Force and the Coast Guard, replicating realistic conflict situations in a ‘war game’. The exercise spanned from the northern Arabian sea off the Gujarat coast to the southern Indian Ocean off Sunda Straits near Indonesia. The two-month-long exercise has been concluded and the vy will now undertake “extensive debriefings” to identify key takeaways of the exercise and formulate measures to further strengthen contingency plans, the Defence Ministry said on Monday. The exercise saw participation of all the operatiol ships, submarines and aircraft of the Indian vy along with men and equipment of the Indian Army, all types of aircraft of the Indian Air Force and ships and aircraft of the Coast Guard.
Two-front war in mind, Indian vy practises 'war game'
The ‘war game’ on the eastern seaboard was codemed ‘Encore’ (Eastern val Command Operatiol Readiness Exercise) while on the western seaboard it was codemed as ‘Exercise Paschim Lehar’. The idea behind conducting the exercises simultaneously on both seaboards was the vy’s threat perceptions of a two-front war.
“With the realisation that future conflicts and contingencies are likely to require a joint tri-service response, the vy sought participation of the other services with critical capabilities and specialised equipment to ensure an integrated response to situations,” the official added. The ‘war game’ saw the operation commanders of the vy and other services being put through crisis situations from benign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to full-fledged conflict situations.
The vy has been working on the ‘Mission-based Deployment’ concept since July last year. It has revamped operatiol exercise plans to make them more contemporary and realistic. Also, mission-ready ships are now forward deployed in critical areas of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with “inherent capability to respond to emerging threats and benign situations”. (IANS)