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Passage Exercise (PASSEX)

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    22nd Jul, 2020
  • Indian naval ships conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the U.S. Navy’s USS Nimitz carrier strike group near the Andaman and Nicobar islands as it is transiting the Indian Ocean.
  • The exercise comes amid a high alert by the Navy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) due to the stand­off with China along the border in Ladakh.
  • As part of this exercise, four frontline naval ships, Shivalik, Sahyadri, Kamorta and Rana including a stealth corvette, teamed up with carrier USS Nimitz and three other U.S. ships in the eastern Indian Ocean near the islands.
  • On June 27, JS Kashima and JS Shimayuki from the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) training squadron had conducted a PASSEX with INS Rana and INS Kulish in the Indian Ocean.
  • The Navy is keeping a close watch on the movement in the IOR of Chinese naval ships, whose presence has gone up considerably over the years in the name of antipiracy patrols.
  • In 2017, China opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

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