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Naval exercises in Arabian Sea

The Indian Fleet sailed out of Cochin to-day [October 3] to take part in extensive exercises in the Arabian Sea. The three-day exercises, under the command of Vice-Admiral A.K. Chatterji, are being conducted with the primary aim of enabling the Chief of Naval Staff to assess the operational efficiency of the Fleet. Early to-day, one by one, the small ships slipped from their moorings in the Cochin channel and sped out to predetermined search areas in the sea, to clear the harbour approaches of lurking “enemy submarines.” Later, the main body of the Fleet, the carrier Vikrant and cruises Mysore and Delhi steamed out of harbour to rendezvous with the remainder of the Fleet. The first item on the programme was an anti-submarine exercise where escort ships search, detect and destroy “enemy submarines” before the latter can attack. This was followed by the launching of jet fighters from the Vikrant at 40-second intervals. The aircraft returned to carry out a devastating attack with rockets and front guns on target towed by the carrier. The quick demolition of the target amply proved the accuracy of the naval aviators.

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