The Indian Army has carried out a large-scale conjoint military training exercise named ‘Kavach’ in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

It formed a part of the AMPHEX-21 tri-service joint amphibious exercise in the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands.

The military exercise aimed to fine-tune the capabilities of the three services in safeguarding the territorial integrity of its island territories.

It is also intended at enhancing response to operational combat situations and scenarios.

The drill was conducted under the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) with the participation of the Eastern Naval Command and Army Southern Command involving the Indian army, navy, airforce as well as the coast guard.

Elements of an amphibious brigade of the army’s Southern Command, corvettes, submarine and amphibious landing vessels of navy’s Eastern Fleet, as well as the Marine Commandos were part of the training exercise.

The exercise also saw the participation of Jaguar Maritime Strike, transport aircraft from IAF as well as Coast Guard assets.

In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence said: “The exercise also validated joint capabilities of intelligence gathering from space, air, land and sea-based assets, its synthesis, analysis and near real-time sharing to achieve battlefield transparency for quick decision making.

“The joint force executed multi-domain, high-intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.”