Mumbai: Paschim Lehar, a three-week tri-service maritime exercise off India's western coast, in which several ships, submarines and fighter aircraft participated, has concluded, the Navy said today.
The objective of the exercise, which commenced on February 12, was to build interoperability, an official spokesperson said.
"The Western Naval Command concluded the large-scale operational exercise in the Arabian Sea. The three-week long exercise termed Exercise Paschim Leher, tested the operational readiness of the Command and the execution of it's operational plans," the spokesperson said.
Over 40 naval assets including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, frontline ships of the Western Fleet and Eastern Fleet, including the newly-inducted Kolkata class ones, submarines, potent missile vessels of the 22nd Killer Squadron, patrol vessels and craft of the local flotilla and the Coast Guard participated in the exercise, he said.
The exercise also witnessed intense flying activity by carrier-borne Mig29K, P-8I, IL-38SDs, Dorniers and Remotely Piloted Aircraft and saw enhanced participation by the Indian Air Force planes, in coordinated flying missions with Navy's air assets, the spokesperson said in a statement here.
Maritime role Jaguars, Su-30 MKI, AWACS and Flight Refuellers participated in large numbers from different airfields in Gujarat, Maharashtra and North India.
"The exercise enabled testing and revalidation of operational plans and manoeuvres in a hostile maritime scenario on India's Western seaboard," the spokesperson said.
"The defence of Indian offshore assets like oil rigs, escort operations of merchant ships and coastal defence were also rehearsed. The exercise will enable to refine the Command's operational, logistics and administrative plans," he said.
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