The Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force participated with the US Navy Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in a two-day joint drill in the Indian Ocean region.
The exercise, which ended on Thursday, has been a key enabler in building interoperability and strengthening the defense coordination between the two nations.
“These included intense air dominance exercises, advanced air defense exercises, anti-submarine exercises, tactical maneuvers and cross-deck helicopter operations,” said the Indian Navy.
Great to see the @indiannavy and Air Force come together with the @USNavy to conduct joint integrated sea and air engagements to strengthen our #USIndiaDefense partnership. https://t.co/Puqn3fUj43 pic.twitter.com/sq0qbYfDpT
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) June 25, 2021
The Indian Navy showcased its guided missile stealth destroyer Kochi, guided missile frigates Teg, maritime air dominance fighter MiG 29K, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P8I, Seaking 42B and Kamov AEW helicopters during the joint exercise.
The IAF hardware included Jaguars and Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, AWACS, AEW&C and air-to-air re-fueler aircraft.
The US side was represented by the Nimitz class aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan with her integral maritime air element comprising F18 fighters, E2D AEW&C aircraft and MH60R ASW helicopters, Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey, and Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh.
The exercise has been a milestone in strengthening the cooperation between the two countries and reinforcing the shared values as partner militaries, in ensuring freedom of seas and commitment to an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.