India, UK start first-ever joint tri-services train

The first-ever tri-services joint train between India and the UK started on October 21 and can go on for per week. Named Konkan Shakti 2021, it “aims to derive mutual benefits from each other’s experiences and also showcase the continuing cooperation between the two countries,” the Navy stated.

Chief of Defence Staff of the UK Sir Nick Carter can be on a go to to India.

The Navy stated on Thursday that maritime cooperation is a “distinguishable symbol of the commitment of both nations in ensuring a positive climate at sea for enhancing strategic stability and promoting global economic prosperity”, and the “interoperability achieved over the years, as a result of such exercises, has proved to be operationally beneficial to armed forces of both countries”.

The maritime element of the train will probably be carried out off India’s west coast in two phases. Harbour part will probably be held in Mumbai from October 21 to October 23, shifting to the ocean part which concludes on October 27.

United Kingdom Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter inspects Guard of Honour on the lawns of South Block in New Delhi, Thursday, October 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)

“The naval linkages between India and the United Kingdom is one of antiquity and, over a period, it has grown substantially in terms of interoperability and synergy. Over decades now, both navies have undertaken bilateral exercises, exchanges and enhanced their technical cooperation. Rightly so, this has formed the basis for the maiden tri-service bilateral exercise, ‘Konkan Shakti -21’,” it added.

UK’s Royal Navy is being represented by its HMS Queen Elizabeth plane service together with her integral F35 fighter jets and helicopters. The Royal Navy’s taking part fleet will even have Type 45 Daring Class air-defence destroyer HMS Defender, Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond, a Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria, and a Royal Netherland Navy Frigate HNLMS Evertsen.

For the Indian Navy, three of its stealth guided missile destroyers INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Chennai, two stealth frigates, INS Talwar and INS Teg, and the tanker INS Aditya will take part, together with Sea King 42B, Kamov-31 and Chetak helicopters, MIG 29Okay fighter plane, Dornier and P8i (maritime patrol plane), and a submarine.

The Indian Air Force can have its Jaguars, Su-30 Mki, AWACS, AEW&C and flight refuel plane take part.

United Kingdom Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter lays wreath at National War Memorial in New Delhi, Thursday, October 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)

The train at sea will function superior warfare ways, anti-submarine warfare workouts, over-the-horizon concentrating on drills, air defence train, cross deck landings and different complicated manoeuvers, stated the Navy. It talked about that the joint part of the train can have air-tactical operations involving F35s, MiG 29Ks and Indian Air Force components.

The Air Force had participated in an operational engagement with the UK Carrier Strike Group on October 19 and 20.

The land part of the train will probably be held at Chaubatia in Uttarakhand with UK’s officers and troops from the first Battalion of the Fusilier Regiment and Indian Army’s Gorkha Rifles 1/11 taking part.

The train and go to of UK’s CDS is one more marker of India’s rising defence collaboration with world army powers by conducting such battle video games to raised perceive one another and enhance their interoperability.

In the previous couple of weeks, India additionally participated within the second version of the naval wargaming train Malabar, held within the Bay of Bengal, and US Navy Chief Admiral Michael Gilday was within the nation for a go to.