INS Vikramaditya, Vikrant lead Navy’s mega ops in Arabian Sea in Twin CBG operation
The Indian Navy carried out a massive operation in the Arabian Sea involving more than 35 aircraft as part of a Carrier Battle Group (CBG). This was one of the most significant demonstrations of the Navy’s operational capabilities to date, and comes at a time when there are increasing Chinese forays into the Indian Ocean.
Twin CBG operation: Key Points
● A CBG is a naval fleet comprising an aircraft carrier and multiple escort vessels.
● This was a twin CBG operation, with both of India’s aircraft carriers, INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, involved, along with a diverse fleet of escort ships, submarines, and aircraft.
● The primary purpose of the exercise was to showcase India’s commitment to safeguarding its national interests and maintaining regional stability.
● The Navy also emphasised that the exercise was a significant milestone in enhancing its maritime security and power-projection in the Indian Ocean and beyond.
● The exercise highlighted the pivotal role of sea-based air power in maintaining maritime superiority.
● Furthermore, the Navy is considering a third aircraft carrier and is discussing the feasibility of a repeat order of INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier.