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Joint naval exercises “TROPEX 2012” begin in India

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 8, IRNA -- The annual joint naval fleet exercises codenamed “TROPEX 2012” Tuesday began in the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh state.

India’s Defence Minister A K Antony inaugurated the annual joint naval fleet exercises and is spending a night on the country's lone aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

Antony, accompanied by the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma, visited the indigenous stealth frigate INS Shivalik and is expected to supervise naval operations, including missile and rocket firings, air power demonstration and interceptor missions involving fighter aircraft of the Navy and the Air Force tomorrow during the two-day exercise, pti reported.

Some 40 ships including submarines and 13 naval aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will participate in the demonstrations, the release said.

Units of the Indian Coast Guard and 18 aircraft of the Indian Air Force will also take part in the exercise. A variety of missile firings, Air Defence Exercises and anti-submarine drills will also be carried out, it added.

TROPEX is a major annual exercise of the combined fleets of the Navy to test the force's preparedness to deal with any contingency.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30806538

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