Sea phase of India-UK maiden Tri-Service exercise ‘Konkan Shakti 2021’ underway
The sea phase of the maiden Tri-Service exercise ‘Konkan Shakti-2021’ between the India and the United Kingdom (UK) is currently being held off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea. On completion of the harbour planning phase, the sea phase of the exercise commenced on 24th of October. One force was led by the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet and comprised the flag ship INS Chennai, other warships of the Indian Navy and HMS Richmond, the Royal Navy’s Type-23 frigate. The other force operated under the UK Carrier Strike Group comprising aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, other UK and Netherland naval ships, and Indian warships. This phase will conclude this evening.
All participating units were split into two opposing forces with the aim of achieving sea control to land Army ground-troops at a pre-designated site. The two forces integrated within their groups with exercises such as replenishment at sea approaches, air direction and strike operations by fighter aircraft (MiG-29Ks and F-35Bs), cross control of helicopters (Sea King, Chetak and Wildcat), transiting through war-at-sea scenarios and gun shoots on expendable air targets. The simulated induction of Army troops was also undertaken and was followed by setting up of a joint command operations centre. The two forces thereafter affected a rendezvous at sea with advanced air and sub-surface exercises.