To counter Pakistan’s misadventure post-Pulwama terror attack, the Indian Navy turned all its carrier battle group, nuclear submarines and aircraft into an operational mode in the Arabian Sea which were participating in largest War Game of the Indian Navy - the Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX 19).

"The major combat units of the Indian Navy including the carrier battle group with INS Vikramaditya, nuclear submarines and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft swiftly transited from exercise to operational deployment mode as tensions between India and Pakistan escalated," said Navy spokesperson.

The Indian Navy was put on high alert to prevent and deter misadventure by Pakistan in the maritime domain. About 60 ships of the Indian Navy, 12 ships of the Indian Coast Guard and 60 aircraft were part of TROPEX 19.

Senior Naval official said that the exercise, which started on January 7 this year, was scheduled to end by March 10. But there was a delay due to terror attack carried by Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwama area of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. 

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In the attack, CRPF convoy was targeted in which 40 jawans lost their lives. Post Pulwama attack rapid redeployment of the Indian Navy infrastructure was made for operations in North Arabian Sea.

“Availability of such a large number of combat-ready assets in the theatre of operations for TROPEX 19 allowed the Indian Navy to expeditiously respond to the developing situation in synergy with the three services. The overwhelming superiority of Indian Navy in all three dimensions forced the Pakistan Navy to remain deployed close to the Makran coast and not venture out in the open ocean," the spokesperson said.

Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba will preside over the debrief of largest War Game of the Indian Navy - the Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX 19) at Kochi on Monday.

Earlier, TROPEX 19 had commenced with tri-services amphibious exercise in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with the participation of Army and Air Force. This was followed by the largest coastal defence exercise code named ‘Sea Vigil’ on January 22 and January 23 with the participation of all 13 coastal states and union territories along with all maritime stakeholders. The TROPEX itself was thus far the largest in terms of geographical spread and also with regard to the number of participating units.

The day-long review of TROPEX 19 by the chief of the naval staff with all operational commander’s on Monday is intended to examine the conduct of the exercise and to assess the operational preparedness of the Indian Navy.

A realistic audit of the Indian Navy’s deployment philosophy and fighting capability would also be undertaken. The lessons learnt from the exercise will provide the planners with accurate assessments to fine-tune force structuring requirements, operational logistics, as also material and training imperatives.