New Delhi: The Indian Navy on Sunday said that it had deployed its assets including INS Vikramaditya and nuclear submarines in the northern Arabian Sea following the February 4 Pulwama Attack.  The INS Chakra was deployed to provide protection to the aircraft carrier.

The assets were redeployed from the TROPEX 19 or Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise, which is the largest war games of the Indian navy.

The Navy in the press release said, “JeM sponsored terrorist attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on 14 Feb led to the rapid redeployment of the Indian Navy for Operations in North Arabian Sea.”

The major combat units of the Indian Navy including the Carrier Battle Group with INS Vikramaditya, nuclear submarines and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft swiftly transited from exercise to operational deployment mode as tensions between India and Pakistan escalated.”

Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM is a Pakistan based terror group which took responsibility for the Pulwama attack, the worst attack on Indian security personnel in the last 2 decades.

60 ships of the Indian Navy, 12 ships of the Indian Coast Guard & 60 aircraft were part of TROPEX 19.

The Navy said, “The overwhelming superiority of the Indian Navy in all three dimensions forced the Pakistan Navy to remain deployed close to the Makran coast and not venture out in the open ocean.”

On 28th February in the joint press conference, tri-services had clearly stated that the Indian Navy remains deployed as necessary to protect National Maritime Interests and prevent any misadventure by Pakistan in the maritime domain.

The tri-services press conference happened a day after Pakistan launched strikes against Indian military installations in response to India’s counter-terror operation against Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will be in Kochi on Monday to preside over the debrief of TROPEX 19.

(With inputs from Sidhant Sibal)