New Delhi: The sea phase of the maiden Tri-Service exercise ‘Konkan Shakti 2021’ between the Armed Forces of India and the United Kingdom (UK) is being held off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea. On completion of the harbor planning phase, the sea phase of the exercise commenced on October 24. The sea phase of Konkan Shakti 2021 is scheduled to be concluded on October 27.
In the war game, 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. 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 comprised aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, other UK, and Netherland naval ships, and Indian warships.
The two forces integrated within their groups with exercises such as replenishment at sea approaches, air direction and strike operations by MiG 29Ks and F35Bs fighter aircraft, cross control of Sea King, Chetak, and Wildcat helicopters, transiting through war-at-sea scenarios and gun shoots on expendable air targets.
The simulated induction of Army troops was also undertaken, followed by the setting up of a joint command operations center. The two forces exercised a rendezvous at sea with advanced air and sub-surface exercises.