Around 40 ships, submarines and fighter aircraft participated in ‘Paschim Lehar’, a tri-service maritime exercise off India’s western coast, the Navy said on 14 February 2018. The objective of the exercise, which commenced on February 12, is to build interoperability.
- This exercise includes participation of a large number of ships, submarines and aircraft from the Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy.
- Units from Eastern Naval Command, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Coast Guard are also participating to build interoperability.
- Over 40 ships and submarines, a similar number of maritime surveillance, fighter aircraft, helicopters and Remotely Piloted Aircraft of the Indian Navy and the IAF are participating.
- The Amphibious capabilities of the armed forces, along with the elements of Army Amphibious Brigade will also be deployed and tested for operational tasking during the exercise.
- The exercise includes a number of weapon firings, including missile, gun and torpedo firings during the initial phase.
- The second phase is structured to validate and refine the operational plans of the Western Naval Command.