A Navy P-8A Poseidon and guided-missile destroyer recently joined with the Indian navy’s P8-I Neptune for submarine-hunting drills near Diego Garcia. It was the first U.S. anti-submarine warfare exercise with India since the countries agreed in September to closer cooperation between their militaries.
Prior to the signing the Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement, the United States had to remove advanced communication equipment from military platforms sold to India, such as the Neptune. That meant less secure, temporary systems had to be put in place for Indian units to communicate during bilateral exercises.
The San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance and a Poseidon — the Navy’s next-generation maritime patrol aircraft — from Patrol Squadron 8 in Jacksonville, Fla., took part in the exercise, which started April 15 according to a Navy statement. It is unclear how long the event lasted. Read More