India plans Major Naval Exercise in Arabian Sea

September 30 2016
India plans Major Naval Exercise in Arabian Sea

New Delhi, Sep 30: Post Uri attack, India is set to hold a major naval exercise in the Arabian Sea near Pakistan's coastline to show its strength. The naval show is named as Defence of Gujarat Exercise (DGX).

Around three dozen warships, submarines as well as Indian Air Force aircraft is said to take part in this show of strength in Arabian sea. The sea is the Pakistan’s main sea trading route. "A show of naval strength in this area can be a crucial part of India’s message to Pakistan" told the Intelligence and Defence officials.

The main aim of the naval exercise manoeuvres is to show the strength to Pakistan and also defend the maritime assault on Indian mainland and protect Indian assets such as Oil Rigs. Part of this manoeuvres also includes the coastal security, fighter, reconnaissance and patrol aircraft.

India is reviewing the Intelligence reports that Pakistan has put three of its army corps along the Indian border on alert, and is deploying reconnaissance patrols and early warning elements. It also has to deploy bulk of forces in its western borders with Afghanistan where it faces extremists in different shades.

A senior member of India’s intelligence community said, Despite all this, given India’s post-Uri stance, Pakistan’s 31Corps and 30 Corps are on high alert. "They (Pakistan) fear a surprise."