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Exercise Sea Dragon-24

Context:

Indian Navy’s P8I aircraft landed at Guam, a US island territory in Western Pacific, to participate in Exercise Sea Dragon – 24.

Relevance:

GS III Security Challenges

Exercise Sea Dragon-24: Multinational Maritime Collaboration

  • Objective: Enhance collaboration and teamwork among participating navies through professional exchanges.
  • Participating Countries: India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the US.
Focus Areas:
  • Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW): Locating and neutralizing enemy submarines beneath the seas.
  • Surface Warfare: Coordinated attacks on hostile surface vessels using advanced weaponry and tactics.
  • Air Defence: Establishing an impenetrable air barrier for the safety of friendly forces.
  • Search and Rescue (SAR): Tracking down and rescuing maritime personnel in distress.
  • Communication and Coordination: Synchronizing activities across platforms and seamless information exchange.

Key Aspects of the P8I Aircraft:

  • Versatility: A potent force multiplier in maritime operations.
  • Long-Range Surveillance: Scans vast ocean areas, identifying hostile movements from considerable distances.
  • Multi-sensor Fusion: Integrates electronic intelligence systems, sonars, and onboard radars for a comprehensive maritime picture.
  • Anti-submarine Warfare Capability: Equipped with depth charges and torpedoes, posing a serious threat to enemy submarines.
  • Communication Relay: Serves as a crucial means of communication between various participating fleets’ forces.

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