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India and US Launch Exercise Before Quad-plus-France Naval War Games | India News


NEW DELHI: Further consolidating synergy and interoperability in the Indian Ocean region with an eye on China, a front-line Indian warship, fighters, helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft launched an exercise with a carrier strike group American in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday. .
The two-day bilateral exercise, as well as the upcoming Quad-plus-France naval war games in the same region, underscore how “like-minded democracies” are rapidly coming together to ensure a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. “. facing an “aggressive” China, which is disobeying international norms, said a senior official.
With the Quad, namely India, the US, Japan and Australia, declaring their firm intention to deter any “coercion” in the Indo-Pacific during a summit of their leaders on March 12, a mechanism of cooperation and coordination Multi-tiered is now taking shape to promote security and counter threats in the region.
On Sunday, the Navy deployed the INS Shivalik stealth frigate, P-8I maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters for the exercise with the gigantic nuclear-powered USS Theodore Roosevelt and its accompanying warships, such as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker. Hill and the Arleigh. The Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Russell and USS John Finn.
For the first time, the IAF also deployed Sukhoi-30MKI fighters armed with BrahMossupersonic cruise missiles, which are based at Thanjavur Air Base, to “enhance collaboration” in the exercise. “It gave the IAF the opportunity to practice maritime attack and air defense with the United States Navy,” said one officer.
The 100,000-ton USS Theodore Roosevelt is one of ten US Nimitz-class supercarriers, each of which can carry between 80 and 90 F / A-18 “Super Hornets” fighters, as well as early warning aircraft and helicopters. .
With strategic consistency to ensure a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific, France has invited the four Quad countries for its naval exercise “La Pérouse” in the Bay of Bengal from April 4-7, as reported by TOI.
The Quad navies had teamed up for the high-voltage Malabar exercise in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea in November last year after a 13-year gap.
The new exercises come after back-to-back visits by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook, both former army generals, to India this month to discuss the mechanisms. bilateral and multilateral to reinforce security and stability in Indo. -Peaceful.
Austin, in particular, made no secret of the Biden administration’s determination to strengthen “alliances and partnerships” as well as to foster a “credible deterrent” against China.
India, by the way, has also signed reciprocal military logistics pacts with the other three Quad nations, as well as with France, South Korea, and Singapore to enhance its strategic reach across the Indian Ocean Region and beyond.

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