New Delhi: The Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy on Friday concluded the nine-day Exercise – Paschim Leher (XPL) – conducted in the Arabian Sea.  The major operational exercise tested the combat readiness of the Command at sea, including mobilisation and operational synchronisation, according to a press release by the Navy.

Indian Air Force, with a number of aircraft, and units of the Indian Coast Guard participated in the exercise. A large number of combat ships, submarines and aircraft took part in the drill.

Various manoeuvres and deployments were exercised. A number of support units ashore also participated in a networked environment. The exercise itself has been renamed as Exercise Paschim Leher and its scale has been enhanced this year, the Navy said.

Proactive operations and defensive operations were exercised at the coasts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.