The Maritime Partnership Exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy will see the two navies perform a series of multi-ship, air, sea, and underground maritime evolutions, as well as maneuvers in tight spaces.
This allows both forces to advance their interoperability and cooperation ahead of future exercises when the CSG returns to the Indian Ocean in the autumn, the UK government said.
The combined forces for the exercises equate to 10 ships, two submarines, approximately 20 aircraft and nearly 4,000 personnel.
“This is a month in which the Royal Navy and the Indian Navy will meet and work together on two oceans, beginning in the Indian Ocean when the UK Carrier Strike Group arrives for the first of multiple exercises and events between the UK and the India, ”said Admiral Sir. Tony Radaki, 1st Sea Lord of the Royal Navy.
“Later this summer, they will both participate in a separate exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. The deployment is a testament to the strength, energy and importance of the growing relationship between our navies, ”he said.
An Indian warship will also exercise with the Royal Navy off the coast of the United Kingdom in August.
“The UK and India are key defense partners and the Carrier Strike Group deployment is a symbol of global Britain in action, showing our commitment to India, the Indo-Pacific region and facing threats to international order, ”said Vice Admiral Sir Ben Key, UK Head of Joint Operations.
According to the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both the UK and India are in the midst of an aircraft carrier renaissance, with the CSG leading the UK’s joint expeditionary capability.
The joint effort aims to provide “tangible” security for friendly countries and a credible deterrent for those seeking to undermine global security.
Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK Carrier Strike GroupHe added: “As HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group cross the Indian Ocean, it is only natural that we exercise with the Indian Navy.
“At a strategic level, the exercise is a muscular expression of the defense association closer than Prime Ministers Johnson and Modi envisioned when they agreed on the UK-India 2030 roadmap earlier this year. ”
As part of its inaugural operational deployment, the CSG will sail more than 26,000 nautical miles, interacting with 40 countries from the Mediterranean to the Indo-Pacific and vice versa.
The fifth generation HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, at 65,000 tonnes, is said to be the largest surface ship ever built in the UK and carries six Royal Navy ships, a Royal Navy submarine, a Us navy destroyer and a frigate from the Netherlands in one of the largest concentrations of sea and air power in the UK.
The deployment has been called a “sea change” in the UK’s engagement in the Indo-Pacific region, encompassing aspects of upholding democratic values, fighting shared threats and capturing new business opportunities.