Dozens of Indian warships, including an aircraft carrier and nuclear-powered submarines, left a massive maritime exercise and were deployed amid simmering tensions with Pakistan.
According to a statement by the Indian military, the INS ‘Vikramaditya,’ a Russian-built aircraft carrier, and a number of nuclear submarines have set sail along with other vessels and aircraft.
Most of the warships were part of TROPEX 2019, India’s largest war games involving the Navy, Air Force and Army.
As tensions mounted between India and Pakistan, they were “swiftly transited from exercise to operational deployment mode.
There are only two submarines of this class, the INS ‘Chakra,’ an Akula-class attack submarine leased from Russia, and the INS ‘Arihant,’ an indigenous ship carrying up to 12 ballistic missiles.
Both arch rivals (Hindu vs. Muslim) were tempted to raise the stakes in the recent conflict over Kashmir, it seems. In the middle of the crisis, India threatened to unleash missiles on terrorist facilities inside Pakistan, which said it would respond with its own strikes.
Kashmir, a mountainous region the two neighbors control in part but claim in full, has been at the heart of three India-Pakistan wars since 1947.
The countries regularly trade artillery and small arms fire across the heavily militarized Line of Control dividing the two armies.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2019.