Tri-service joint amphibious exercise AMPHEX–21 conducted in Andaman Sea

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New Delhi (NVI): Indian Navy has conducted a joint amphibious exercise AMPHEX–21 with Army and Air Force in Andaman and Nicobar group of islands from January 21–25 to fine-tune joint war-fighting skills.

The large scale tri-service exercise involved participation of naval ships, amphibious troops of the Army and different types of aircraft from the Air force, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The exercise was aimed at validating India’s capabilities to safeguard the territorial integrity of it’s island territories. It also sought to enhance operational synergy and joint warfighting capabilities amongst the three Services, the MoD said.

The exercise involved multi-faceted maritime operations by synergised employment of amphibious assault ships, surveillance platforms, execution of maritime air strikes and complex manoeuvres at sea.

Airborne insertion of Marine Commandos of Navy and Special Forces of the Army, naval gunfire support, amphibious landing of forces and follow-on operations also formed part of the exercise, the Ministry said.

Exercise KAVACH for defence of Andaman & Nicobar Islands also formed a part of AMPHEX–21. A joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance exercise under the aegis of HQ Integrated Defence Staff was also run concurrently to achieve Maritime Domain Awareness by employment of a multitude of sensors.