As a strengthened signal to the Chinese government, the United States and India have decided to practice naval exercises together.
On Monday, the United States carrier strike group run by the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz conducted a “cooperative” naval exercise with Indian warships in the Indian ocean.
The practice was initiated by displaying a loud military display by India. In this, India deployed its Jaguar maritime strike fighters in the archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar islands to dominate China’s sea trade routes, which cross through the Malacca Strait.
On this, the United States Commander Rear Admiral Jim Kirk said- “The opportunity to have the USS Nimitz carrier strike group (CSG) join with the Indian Eastern Fleet, led by Rear Admiral S Vatsayan, for a series of exercises improved our interoperability and is a testimony to the flexibility of both our navies,” Source: Times of India.
According to the sources, IAF (Indian Air Force) has stationed more than 10 Jaguars fully armed with anti-ship Harpoon missiles at the Car Nicobar Airbase in the Andaman and Nicobar Island. The location is over 1200 kilometers from the Indian Eastern Coast, and at the same time, it overlooks the maritime boundaries of Southeast Asia as well.
A source said- “The deployment of Jaguars there underlines the IAF capability to support the Indian Navy in dominating the IOR, and swing into action if required,” Source: Times of India.
The Indian Air Force has already deployed MiG-29s, Sukhoi-30MKIs, and Mirage-2000s with Chinook, Apache, and other heavy-lift helicopters on the land border of eastern Ladakh. On top of this, India’s eastern naval fleet also practiced an exercise on the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago last week.
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Source: Times of India