Indian Navy holds passage exercise with ‘USS Nimitz’ carrier group

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News: Indian naval ships conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the United States Navy’s USS Nimitz carrier strike group near the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) islands. 

Facts: 

  • Passage Exercise is an exercise done between two navies to ensure that the navies are able to communicate and cooperate in times of war or humanitarian relief. 
  • The Indian Navy had recently conducted similar passing exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and French Navy. 
  • Significance: The exercise comes amidst high alert by the Navy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) due to the ongoing stand-off with China along the border in Ladakh. 

Additional Facts: 

Exercise Malabar: It is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.