In March this year, India and the US launched exercises in the eastern Indian Ocean region which witnessed participation by the Indian Air Force for the first time. The exercise came only a week after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited India as part of his first foreign tour since being appointed to his new post.
India and the US have begun a two-day naval exercise in the Indian Ocean region reflecting the growing bond in the two countries’ defense and military partnership.
“The Indian Naval warships along with aircraft from the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force will be engaged in joint multi-domain operations with the Carrier Strike Group comprising Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey, and Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.
AF fighter jets- Jaguar and Su-30 MKI- along with airborne early warning and control systems (AEW&C) and Air-to-Air Refueller aircraft are also part of the joint exercise.
The two-day exercise aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship and cooperation between India and the US by demonstrating the two nations’ ability to integrate and coordinate comprehensively in maritime operations, the Navy statement added.
High-speed operations during the exercise include advanced air defense exercises, cross deck helicopter operations, and anti-submarine exercises.
“The Indian Navy and US Navy regularly take part in a host of bilateral and multilateral exercises which underscore the shared values of the partner navies, in ensuring commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based international order,” the Indian Navy said.
#IndianOceanRegion will witness
Integrated #MaritimeOperations in High Seas from 23-24 Jun.
Indian Navy & @USNavy #CarrierStrikeGroup, #IndianNavy Aviation Component &@IAF_MCC Maritime Air Sqdn participating.
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— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) June 23, 2021
— Tejinder Singh Sodhi 🇮🇳 (@TejinderSsodhi) June 23, 2021
The integrated exercise of IAF & IN with US Navy Ronald Reagan CSG gets underway today. The engagement of IAF forces is spread out over 23 & 24 Jun. A joint flypast by IAF, @indiannavy & @USNavy ac will be executed during the exercise. pic.twitter.com/TT4ZeReOwr
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 23, 2021