TROPEX Naval Exercise with IAF, Army ends along the Western Seaboard

TROPEX 17 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.

NEW DELHI: The Theatre-level Readiness and Operational Exercise, conducted to test combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the Coast Guard, has concluded.

A BrahMos is fired from Indian Navy’s P15A destroyer INS Chennai

A month-long naval exercise put to test the combat readiness of the Navy, the IAF and the Army with over 45 ships and 70 aircraft taking part, it was announced on Sunday.

The Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (Tropex) started on January 24 and concluded on February 23. It was conducted along the Western seaboard.

The aim of the month-long exercise, which was carried out across the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea and the North Central Indian Ocean, was to test the combat readiness of the forces to deal with any possible threat.

As a part of the exercise, niche capabilities of the Marine Commandoes (MARCOs) and Army Special Forces, including Airborne Assault and Combat Free Fall were undertaken from IAF C-130 aircraft.

Naval forces, while enforcing sea and airspace control all around the affected islands, undertook beaching and heli-borne operations for landing of follow-on forces.

A Panther on the prowl in the Indian Ocean

“The exercise provided an apt-opportunity to test the combat capabilities… and strengthened inter-operability and joint operations in complex conflict situation,” an official statement said.

Tropex, in complete coordination with the Army and the Indian Air Force, took place in phases to test the various facets of war-fighting and joint combat capabilities of the armed forces.

“The 2017 edition of Tropex included the conduct of largescale ‘Out of Area Contingency’ in island territory, which saw participation of all three services and their special forces,” the statement said.

An alert seaman watching enemy movements

“The interaction of the forces helped validate operational war fighting concepts and provided valuable lessons to sharpen combat skills.”

The previous edition of the exercise was conducted in January 2015.

“TROPEX 2017 assumes great significance in the backdrop of current security scenario. The exercise provided an apt-opportunity to test the combat capability of the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard, and strengthened inter-operability and joint operations in complex conflict situation,” the defence ministry said.

During debrief of the exercise, CNS and Chief of Army Staff discussed various options to further enhance the effectiveness of the joint exercise, the ministry said. It said the exercise will also strengthen inter- operability and joint operations in a complex environment. “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,” said the Defence Ministry statement.

MiG29K makes a perfect landing on board INS Vikramaditya

Over 45 ships from both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands, five submarines including the nuclear powered Chakra, 50 Naval aircraft, 11 ships from the Coast Guard, troops from the Army and 20 aircraft from the Air Force including Su-30s and Jaguars participated in the exercise from January 24 to February 23.

“The exercise, in complete coordination with the Army and Air Force, was conducted in phases to test the various facets of war-fighting and joint combat capabilities of the armed forces to respond to given threat situations,” the ministry said.

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