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Defence Minister reviews operational preparedness of Western Naval Command

Shri Arun Jaitley,Union Defence Minister paid  visit to Western Naval Command, Mumbai on 19 August to assess the operational readiness of the Command, according to a release. The Minister was received by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command. On arrival, he was presented a Naval Guard of Honour.

 Shri Jaitley then proceeded to the Headquarters of the Western Naval Command and interacted with the Commander-in-Chief. At the Headquarters, the Raksha Mantri was briefed on the operational readiness of the Command and other relevant aspects of maritime and coastal security.

 Close on heels of Jaitley’s visit,  The Western Naval Command conducted an operational level table top Tri-Service wargame titled Exercise PARIKSHAN from 07 to 09 Aug 17. The exercise included participation of Operational and Area Commanders, as also teams from the Eastern Naval Command. Representatives from Naval Headquarters, and operational commands of the Army and Air Force in the region also participated in the wargame, for a Tri-Service perspective.

   The wargame was undertaken after Exercise AARAMBH, which was conducted by the Western Naval Command in end July 17, to test preparatory actions for combat readiness of all organisations and units. A maiden wargame of this type, PARIKSHAN was conducted at the operational level with elements of strategic and tactical levels included. It was also attended by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Commander-in-Chief Western Naval Command and Commander-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command.

 


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