India and United States launch exercise ahead of Quad-plus-France naval wargames | India News

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 India and United States launch exercise ahead of Quad-plus-France naval wargames |  India News


NEW DELHI: Continuing to consolidate synergy and interoperability in the Indian Ocean region with a firm eye on China, a frontline Indian warship, fighters, helicopters and patrol planes maritime launched an exercise on Sunday with a strike group of US aircraft carriers in the Bay of Bengal.
The two-day bilateral exercise, as well as the upcoming Quad-plus-France naval wargames in the same region, highlight how “like-minded democracies” are rapidly coming together to ensure “a free, open and inclusive world” . Indo-Pacific facing an “aggressive” China, which flouts international standards, said a senior official.
With the Quad, namely India, the United States, Japan and Australia, declaring their firm intention to deter any “coercion” in the Indo-Pacific at a summit of their leaders on March 12, a mechanism of Multi-level cooperation and coordination is taking shape to advance security as well as counter threats in the region.
On Sunday, the Navy deployed an INS Shivalik stealth frigate, P-8I maritime patrol planes and helicopters for the exercise with the gigantic nuclear-powered USS Theodore Roosevelt and its warships like the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser. USS Bunker Hill and the Arleigh. Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Russell and USS John Finn.
In a first, the IAF also deployed Sukhoi-30MKI fighters armed with BrahMossupersonic cruise missiles, which are based at Thanjavur Air Base, to “strengthen the joint spirit” in the exercise. “This gave the IAF the opportunity to practice sea strike and air defense with the US NavySaid an officer.
The 100,000-ton USS Theodore Roosevelt is one of ten US Nimitz-class supercarriers, each capable of carrying 80 to 90 F / A-18 “Super Hornets” fighters as well as early warning planes and helicopters.
For the sake of strategic coherence to ensure a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific, France invited the four Quad countries to its naval exercise “La Pérouse” in the Bay of Bengal from April 4 to 7, as YOU reported previously.
The Quad’s Marines had gathered for the high-voltage Malabar exercise in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in November last year after a 13-year hiatus.
New drills come after consecutive visits by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook, both former Army generals, in India this month to discuss bilateral and multilateral mechanisms to strengthen security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
Austin, in particular, has made no doubts about the determination of the Biden administration to strengthen “alliances and partnerships” as well as to foster “credible deterrence” against China.
India, moreover, has also signed reciprocal military logistics pacts with the other three quadruple nations as well as with France, South Korea and Singapore to strengthen its strategic reach throughout the Indian Ocean region. and beyond.

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