posted on Mar, 28 2007 @ 01:12 PM
Amidst major tensions in the Gulf,a fleet of IN warships has just left for the Pacific to hold exercises with the Russians, the USN and most
interestingly with the JMSDF.
The fleet will engage in a small exercise with the Singaporean Navy enroute to the Pacific.
The lead ship is the INS Mysore, is an admirable Destroyer(7000 tons and 16 AShCM/LACM launch tubes). I'm not able to get info on the 4 other ships
involved; though one can wager a resupply tanker included.
What will be interesting to see is whether of the Krivak III class frigates will be involved.
No subs I guess but with frenzied speculation about when the Akula IIs will be entering service with the IN, one can only presume that this excursion
would serve as a scouting mission for testing these waters for SSN operations.
I do not see any purpose of SSNs in IN service other than to counter the Chinese SSBN capability and prolonged reach in the Indian Ocean.
I would also be willing to bet that PLAN subs would be eager to lurk in the vicinity of these exercise grounds, an enthusiasm they have so publically
displayed in the recent past on many occasions.
The IN ASW airborne suite consists of Sea King Mk2B and Ka-28 Helis..