Konkan Shakti 2021: Watch India, UK military forces in joint action

The sea phase of the maiden Tri-Service exercise 'Konkan Shakti 2021' between the Indian Armed Forces and the United Kingdom (UK) was being held in the Arabian Sea off the Konkan coast.

Konkan Shakti 2021: Watch India, UK military forces in joint action
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New Delhi: The sea phase of the maiden Tri-Service exercise between the Indian Armed Forces and the military of the United Kingdom (UK) called the 'Konkan Shakti 2021' came to an end on October 27.


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The sea phase of the maiden Tri-Service exercise 'Konkan Shakti 2021' between the Indian Armed Forces and the United Kingdom (UK) was being held in the Arabian Sea off the Konkan coast.


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On completion of the harbour planning phase, the sea phase of the exercise commenced on October 24, 2021. It concluded on October 27, 2021. 


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All participating units were split into two opposing forces with the aim of achieving sea control to land Army ground-troops at a pre-designated site. 


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One force was led by the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet and comprised the flagship INS Chennai, other warships of the Indian Navy and HMS Richmond, the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigate. 


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The other force operated under the UK Carrier Strike Group comprised aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, other UK and Netherland naval ships and Indian warships, said the Ministry of Defence in a statement.


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The two forces integrated within their groups with exercises such as replenishment at sea approaches, air direction and strike operations by fighter aircraft (MiG 29Ks and F35Bs), cross control of helicopters (Sea King, Chetak and Wildcat), transiting through war-at-sea scenarios and gun shoots on expendable air targets. 


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The simulated induction of troops from the Indian Army and the British Army was also undertaken, followed by the setting up of a joint command operations centre. Thereafter, the two forces affected a rendezvous at sea with advanced air and sub-surface exercises.


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The air operations included strikes on the combined formation by Indian maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) Dornier, fighters of the Indian Navy (MiG 29Ks), Royal Navy (F35Bs) and Indian Air Force (SU-30 and Jaguars) as well as a composite flypast over the formation. 


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Sub-surface exercises with an Indian Scorpene-class submarine and underwater remote-controlled vehicle EMATT, operated by the Royal Navy of the UK, were undertaken through the night. Indian MPA, P8I also participated in the exercise.


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