Indian Navy's largest exercise in two years concludes successfully

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Despite the INS Sindhuratna submarine tragedy and the sudden resignation of Admiral DK Joshi on Wednesday, both the eastern and the western fleets successfully completed TROPEX-2014 (Theatre-level readiness and Operational Exercise), the Indian Navy's largest of its kind exercise in the past two years.

Over 60 ships and submarines and 75 aircraft, both of the Navy and the Indian Air Force, participated in the month-long exercise conducted in the Indian Ocean.

India's lone nuclear submarine, INS Chakra, and aircraft carrier Viraat were also part of the exercise.

TROPEX-2014 was conducted against the backdrop of two completely networked fleets, widely dispersed across the Indian Ocean Region, operating in a dense maritime environment.

This year's exercise also witnessed maiden participation of the recently acquired P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft and also the Hawk fighter trainer aircraft. The indigenous satellite exclusively launched for the Navy last year was also tested and proved.

Besides Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Airborne Early Warning helicopter of the Indian Navy, Air to Air Refuellers, Jaguars and SU-30 aircraft of Indian Air Force were also deployed during the exercise.

Admiral DK Joshi resigned as Navy Chief on Wednesday, taking moral responsibility over a series of accidents. He quit hours after a fire was reported on the Navy's INS Sindhuratna submarine. Two officers were killed and seven others were injured in the accident.

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