India’s INS Satpura and P8I take part in harbour phase of RIMPAC in Hawaii

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New Delhi: Indian Navy’s indigenous Frigate INS Satpura and P8I LRMRASW aircraft have participated in the harbour phase of ‘RIMPAC 2022’, the world’s largest biennial multilateral naval exercises, which is underway at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, the Ministry of Defence said today.

INS Satpura and one P8I maritime patrol aircraft are participating in the exercise which spans over six weeks of intense operations and training aimed at enhancing interoperability and building trust among Navies of friendly foreign countries, the Ministry said in a statement.

28 countries, 38 warships, 09 land forces, 31 unmanned systems, 170 aircraft and over 25,000 personnel are participating in the multi-dimensional exercise.

The sea phase of this six-week-long exercise will commence on July 12 and it will culminate on August 4 2022

The harbour phase of the exercise saw participation in multiple symposiums, exercise planning discussions and sports competitions, the Ministry said.

The crew also visited the historic museum ship USS Missouri and paid homage to fallen soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II at USS Arizona Memorial.

INS Satpura reached Hawaii on June 27 and P8I aircraft arrived on July 2.

Indian Navy’s P8I LRMRASW aircraft arrived at AFB Hickam, Joint Base Pearl Harbour, Hawaii in USA to participate in the 28th edition of the biennial Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC-22), the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the statement read.

The P8I Detachment led by Cdr Puneet Dabas was received by Wg Cdr Matt Stuckless  (RAAF), Head of MPRA operations from Hickam airfield, it said.

P8I will be participating in coordinated multinational, multiplatform advanced Anti Submarine Warfare operations along with 20 MPRAs from seven participating nations, it added.