New Delhi: Indian Navy on Thursday participated in a two-day exercise with the Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG)-21 led by HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Bay of Bengal. The exercise took place from July 21 to July 22. The bilateral Maritime Exercise was designed to hone the ability of the two navies to operate together in the maritime domain, said the defence ministry in a release.
“The maiden exercise between Indian Navy and the Royal Navy’s latest Aircraft Carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth included participation of CSG-21 comprising Type 23 Frigates and an Astute-class submarine in addition to the other surface combatants,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Indian Navy was represented by IN Ships Satpura, Ranvir, Jyoti,Kavaratti, Kulish, and a submarine. Anti-Submarine Warfare capable Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft P8I also participated in the exercise,” it added.
The exercise also witnessed the maiden participation of the F 35 B Lightning which operates from the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
“This is a month that will see the Royal Navy and Indian Navy meet and work together in two oceans – beginning in the Indian Ocean as the UK Carrier Strike Group arrives for the first of multiple UK-India exercises and events,” said Admiral Sir Tony Radaki, First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy.
“Later this summer, both will participate in a separate exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. The deployment is proof of the strength, energy and significance of the growing relationship between our navies,” he said.
The exercise will help the two countries to advance their interoperability and cooperation ahead of further exercises when the CSG returns to the Indian Ocean in the autumn, the UK government said.
With inputs from PTI