- The statement said both squadrons will perform maritime patrol and reconnaissance and theatre outreach operations in the 7th Fleet area of operations during the deployment.
- The U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed fleet, the 7th Fleet, works with Allies and partners to keep the Indo-Pacific free and open.
On March 14, the Indian Navy’s P8I aircraft arrived in Guam, US, for “Exercise Sea Dragon 23,” the US Navy’s third coordinated multilateral exercise.
During March 15-30, the Indian Navy’s P8I aircraft will participate in the US-led Sea Dragon ASW exercise. The drills will be more complicated than before. On March 14, Indian Navy P8I aircraft arrived in Guam, US. The multilateral ASW will also include US Navy P8A, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force P1, Royal Canadian Air Force CP 140, and Republic of Korea Navy P3C. (RoKN).
The Indian Navy announced Thursday that the “Sea Dragon 23” exercise will test aircraft’s ability to track simulated and live undersea targets and communicate knowledge.
“The Navy stated these exercises have grown to incorporate advanced ASW drills.
The exercise seeks “high levels of cooperation and coordination between the friendly fleets, which is founded on their shared principles and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific.”
According to a US Navy report, the Sea Dragon 23 focuses on ASW training and proficiency, culminating in over 270 hours of in-flight training from tracking simulated targets to tracking a US Navy submarine.
Warm-ups, Training, Dragon Belt Competition
Pilots and flight officers from all nations will plan and discuss tactics using their nations’ capabilities and equipment in classroom training.
Exercise Sea Dragon includes warm-ups, training, and the Dragon Belt competition. The RCAF received the Dragon Belt last year.
“Sea Dragon allows us to collaborate with marine partners who support a free and open Indo-Pacific. “I’m really delighted to work alongside our skilled Allies and partners from Canada, India, Japan, and Republic of Korea in the coming days,” stated Task Force 72 Commander Capt. Will Toraason.
The statement said both squadrons will perform maritime patrol and reconnaissance and theatre outreach operations in the 7th Fleet area of operations during the deployment.
The U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, the 7th Fleet, works with Allies and partners to keep the Indo-Pacific free and open.