New Delhi, Mar 17: Indian Navy had deployed its major naval assets in Arabian Sea to thwart any misadventures from Pakistan, soon after the tensions escalated between India and Pakistan, following the airstrike by Indian Air Force on the terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan in a non-military pre-emptive action on February 26 and also foiling the Pakistani attempt to violate Indian space on February 27, an official statement said here on Sunday.
'A clear and resolute message regarding the operational posture of the Indian Navy to prevent, deter and defeat any misadventure by Pakistan in the maritime domain was also issued during the tri-services press conference conducted on February 28,' the Indian Navy said.
The major combat units of the Indian Navy (IN), including the 'Carrier Battle Group' with INS Vikramaditya, nuclear submarines and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft, have been deployed on operational mode.
'About 60 ships of the Indian Navy, 12 from the Indian Coast Guard and 60 aircraft - the overwhelming superiority of Indian Navy in all three dimensions - forced the Pakistan Navy to remain deployed close to the Makran coast and not venture out in the open ocean,' the IN statement said.
These naval assets were taking part in the annual "Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX 19)". The exercise had commenced on January 7 and was planned to be terminated by March 10, but the Jaish-e-Mohammad-sponsored terror attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14, led to the rapid redeployment of the Indian Navy (IN) for operations in North Arabian Sea. (UNI)