Aircraft carrier & nuclear submarines deployed post Pulwama

The navy has said that it moved frontline assets—including the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier and its nuclear submarines—to operational deployment post the Pulwama attack on February 14, to send a ‘clear and resolute’ message that forced Pakistan to hunker down near its coast. 

In the first official details on naval operations during the recent military stand off with Pakistan, the navy said over 60 warships were part of a rapid redeployment in the North Arabian sea post Pulwama as tensions had escalated. 
“The overwhelming superiority of Indian Navy in all three dimensions forced the Pakistan Navy to remain deployed close to the Makran coast and not venture out in the open ocean,” a statement by Indian Navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma said. 

As first reported by ET, the navy said it paused its largest wargame—the Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX)—after the JeM-sponsored terror attack. While the exercise had been put on hold, the Indian Navy had moved ahead its leading warships, including the recently-inducted Scorpene class INS Kalvari submarine towards the Pakistani coast. 

“The major combat units of the Indian Navy including the Carrier Battle Group with INS Vikramaditya, nuclear submarines and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft swiftly transited from exercise to operational deployment mode as tensions between India and Pakistan escalated,” Capt Sharma said. Tensions after the Pulwama attack, which was followed by an air strike by India at the Balakot terror training camp, had spilled over the maritime domain as well. After the Indian Navy deployment that threatened to choke off Pakistan from the sea route, war drills were conducted in Karachi and the entire Pakistani naval fleet moved away from their home berths. 

The Indian Navy said combat assets were moved swiftly as its exercise was already on. “About 60 ships of the Indian Navy, 12 ships of the Indian Coast Guard and 60 aircraft were part of TROPEX 19...”