The Indian Navy will be conducting a month-long naval exercise next year which will involve aircraft, surface warships and submarines, divided into red and blue forces. The Naval war game will be part of Mumbai-based western fleet series of annual theater-level naval exercises.
The western fleet and the eastern fleet will also conduct same theater-level exercise after the ending of the eastern fleet exercise. Till now, both the commands used to conduct exercise together but next year it will be simultaneous twin-front maritime exercises.
The exercises are also seen as a direct reply to Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean region where China has deployed 17 warships this year, which is the largest in recent years.
Over the last few years, the Indian military has been gearing up hard to face the Chinese challenge.