Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff reviewed the recently concluded TROPEX (Theatre level Readiness and Operational Exercise), at Kochi today. The TROPEX – a major theatre level exercise conducted through the month of February on the western sea board was aimed at assessing the operational readiness of ships, submarines and aircraft of the Navy. The Indian Army, Air Force and the Coast Guard also participated in the exercise. Diverse facets of maritime operations were exercised at sea and bases ashore. Over 50 ships and submarines, and around 75 aircraft participated. The Admiral had embarked ships of the combined fleet during the exercise and witnessed the conduct of various Fleet manoeuvres and weapon firings.
Admiral Joshi along with senior aides analysed in detail, the conduct of TROPEX. Key issues which emerged post the review would be factored into operational doctrines by the Navy. Commander in Chiefs of all three Naval Commands were also present. Earlier, the Chief of Naval Staff arrived at INS Garuda, late yesterday evening. He was received by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command. Admiral Joshi will depart Kochi early morning tomorrow.
(Text and Photo supplied by Ministry of Defence, New Delhi)