“The United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2021, led by the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, has met up with the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal for three days of complex maritime interactions, the British government said on Thursday.

The maritime partnership exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy will see the two navies conducting a range of multi-ship, air, sea and sub-surface maritime evolutions, as well as close quarter manoeuvring.

This enables both forces to advance their interoperability and cooperation ahead of further exercises when the CSG return to the Indian Ocean in the autumn, the UK government said.

The combined forces for the exercise equate to 10 ships, two submarines, approximately 20 aircraft and almost 4,000 personnel.

“This is a month that will see the Royal Navy and Indian Navy meet and work together in two oceans – beginning in the Indian Ocean as the UK Carrier Strike Group arrives for the first time of multiple UK-India exercises and events,” said Admiral Sir Tony Radaki, First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy.

“Later this summer, both will participate in a separate exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. The deployment is proof of the strength, energy and significance of the growing relationship between our navies,” he said.


Times of India

PTI / Updated: Jul 22, 2021, 19:19 IST