The Indian Navy’s exercise, called the “Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise for 2023” (TROPEX-23), culminated in the Arabian Sea after running for four months from November 2022 to March 2023. TROPEX-23 witnessed the participation of approximately 70 Indian Navy ships, six submarines and over 75 aircraft.
More About The exercise TROPEX:
- TROPEX is being is conducted in many phases to test Navy’s transition from peacetime to hostilities.
- In the first phase, the Indian Navy had conducted coastal defence exercise ‘Sea Vigil’ along the entire coastline and Island territories of India on 12-13 January 2021.
- This exercise directed to authenticate the coastal defence setup of the country that was completely overhauled after the 26/11 terror attacks at Mumbai.
- The exercise witnessed large-scale participation from Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police of 13 coastal States and Union Territories along with other stakeholders in the maritime domain.
The extent of the exercise TROPEX:
Set in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), including the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, the exercise extended approximately 4,300 nautical miles north to south upto 35 degrees South and 5,000 nautical miles from the Persian Gulf to the northern coast of Australia, extending over 21 million square nautical miles.
Aim of the exercise TROPEX:
- This exercise is being conducted in the Indian Ocean Region and its adjunct water with the aim of testing Indian navy’s warfare preparedness in an intricate multi-faceted plan set in the context of the current geo strategic environment.
- This exercise also aims to validate Navy’s offensive-defence capabilities, protect national interests in the maritime domain and encourage stability and peace in the Indian Ocean Region. Naval Headquarters with participation from all three Commands of the Indian Navy and the Tri-Services Command at Port Blair supervises the conduct of TROPEX exercise.