An Indian Navy vessel, mission deployed in the northern Arabian Sea, welcomed
Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets on their way back to India from an
exercise in the United Arab Emirates.
“Welcome back. Your safety over the sea is our responsibility. Happy
landings,” the warship, deployed in the Arabian Sea under Operation Sankalp,
Mission Deployed for #OpSankalp in North Arabian Sea #INSTalwar safeguarding Blue Seas & watching skies above welcomes #Airwarriors. #IndianNavy providing Search and Rescue cover to #IndianAirForce fighters flying over Arabian Sea on their way back from #ExDesertFlag.@IAF_MCC pic.twitter.com/q7cqFB9lW4
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) March 27, 2021
“Indian Navy warships and aircraft were deployed to establish presence,
provide a sense of reassurance to the Indian merchantmen, monitor the ongoing
situation and respond to any emergent crises,” the Indian Navy’s website says.
The exercise took place between 3 March and 27 March at the Al-Dhafra airbase
in the UAE. The IAF participated in the exercise with six Su-30 MKI fighters,
two C-17 transport aircraft and one IL-78 tanker aircraft.