- Indian Navy is participating in SEA DRAGON 23 exercise in waters off Guam, USA which has been scheduled from 15-30 March 23.
- It is a biennial coordinated multilateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise for long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
- The exercise is hosted by the United States Navy, and it involves the participation of other friendly navies from Japan, Canada, South Korea, and India.
- It aims to achieve high levels of synergy and coordination between the participating countries based on their shared values and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific
- The Exercise would witness representation by an Indian Navy P8I aircraft along with other countries’ aircrafts.
- This exercise will test the capabilities of participating aircraft in tracking simulated and live underwater targets, whilst also sharing mutual expertise.
About P8I Aircraft
- The P8I aircraft is a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft equipped with advanced sensors, radars, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
- The aircraft is designed to detect, track, and engage enemy submarines and other maritime threats.
- This is the third edition of the coordinated multi-lateral ASW exercise for Long Range MR ASW aircraft.
- It was held for the first time in 2015.
Other Exercises between India and USA
- Exercise Malabar: Malabar series of exercises began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between the navies of India and US and gained further prominence with the joining of the navies of Australia and Japan.
- VAJRA PRAHAR: Special Forces Exercise
- Yudh Abhyas: Military Training Exercise