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Indian Navy conducts PASSEX with UK Navy in Bay of Bengal

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Indian Navy (IN) participated in a Bilateral Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with United Kingdom’s (UK) Royal Navy in Bay of Bengal from July 21-22, 2021.  The Maritime Exercise aimed at sharpening the ability of two navies to operate together in the maritime domain.

  • From the Indian side, IN ships Satpura, Ranvir, Jyoti, Kavaratti, Kulish and a submarine participated in the exercise. Anti-submarine warfare capable P8I Aircraft also took part in the exercise.
  • While from the UK side, Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG)-21 led byHMS Queen Elizabeth & comprises Type 23 Frigates and an Astute-class Submarine also participated in the exercise.

Key Points

i.The exercise covered a spectrum of maritime operations like Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Air and Anti-Surface warfare.

  • The exercise witnessed the participation of F-35 B Lightning Aircraft for the 1st time. It operated from the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

ii.In the recent years, there have been regular interactions between the Indian Navy & Royal Navy. This has helped in enhancing the interoperability and adaptability between the two navies.

iii.The presence of the Royal Navy’s CSG in Indian Ocean has help in professional exchanges between the two nations.

Recent Related News:

March 29, 2021, The navies of India & USconducted a 2-day ‘PASSEX’ in Bay of Bengal (Eastern Indian Ocean Region) from March 28-29, 2021.

About Indian Navy

Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy) – New Delhi

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Prime Minister – Boris Johnson
Capital – London
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