IAF, Navy commence 2-day passage exercise with US Carrier Strike Group in Indian Ocean
During the exercise, the fighter jets of three forces carried out a joint flypast.
New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy on Wednesday commenced their two-day maritime air domain joint operational passage exercise with the US Navy Carrier Strike Group in the Indian Ocean off south of Thiruvananthapuram.
During the exercise, the fighter jets of three forces carried out a joint flypast. The Indian Navy has released a video of its fighter aircraft MiG-29K taking off from a naval base in Goa for aerial interactions with the jets of US Navy and the IAF.
“The integrated exercise of IAF & IN with US Navy Ronald Reagan CSG gets underway today. The engagement of IAF forces is spread out over 23 & 24 Jun. A joint flypast by IAF, @indiannavy & @USNavy ac will be executed during the exercise,” the IAF said in a tweet.
The combat jets of IAF — Sukhoi-30 MKI and Jaguars are also participating in the drill. Besides, assets like AWACS, AEW&C and transport aircraft IL-78 have also been deployed for the integrated exercise to hone the interoperability among the forces.
Indian Navy’s INS Kochi, INS Teg, P8I aircraft and Dornier MR aircraft are also participating while the US Navy has deputed F-18 and E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft.
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