Indian Navy sharpens anti-submarine warfare skills in Exercise Sea Dragon

By The Hindu

An Indian Navy P-8I long-variety maritime reconnaissance plane participated in multinational Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise Sea Dragon-22 at Guam withinside the U.S. that noticed the participation of Quad international locations, Canada and South Korea. The -week exercising started out on January five and concluded on January 20.

“The exercising became aimed to decorate interoperability amongst collaborating international locations with the aid of using evolving not unusualplace methods in reaction to rising conventional and non-conventional safety demanding situations in maritime domain,” the Navy stated in a announcement.

Naval plane from the U.S., India, Japan, Canada, Australia and South Korea – which protected P8A, P8I, P1, CP140 Aurora and P3C Orion maritime reconnaissance plane practised high-stop ASW skills. “The aircrew additionally undertook expert interplay with different individuals from pleasant overseas international locations,” the Navy stated.

Sea Dragon is an annual, multi-country wide high-stop exercising hosted with the aid of using the U.S. Navy. This year, it had deployed P-8A Poseidon plane.

Sea Dragon-22, usually centering on ASW schooling and excellence, culminates in over 270 hours of inflight schooling; starting from monitoring simulated goals to the very last trouble of monitoring a stay U.S. Navy submarine, the US. Navy seventh Fleet stated in a announcement earlier than the exercising commenced.

“During school room schooling sessions, pilots and flight officials from all international locations construct plans and talk methods incorporating the skills and system in their respective international locations,” the announcement noted. During the exercising, every occasion is graded, and the state scoring the best general factors will get hold of the coveted Dragon Belt award.

Chinese naval presence
ASW has additionally been a focal point place amongst India, Australia, Japan and U.S. withinside the annual Malabar naval exercising, specifically withinside the backdrop of growing Chinese naval presence, specifically submarines, withinside the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

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