ISLAMABAD - The Indian navy said that it had deployed its assets including INS Vikramaditya and nuclear submarines in northern Arabian sea in the last week of February amid tension between India and Pakistan following Pulwama attack on February 14.
The assets were redeployed from the TROPEX 19 or Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise which is the largest war games of the Indian navy and commenced on January 7.
The Navy in the release said, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) sponsored attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 led to the rapid redeployment of the Indian Navy for Operations in North Arabian Sea."
"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," he added.
JeM is a United Nations listed group responsible for the Pulwama attack, the worst attack on Indian security personnel in the last two decades.
Sixty ships of the Indian Navy , 12 ships of the Indian Coast Guard and 60 aircraft were part of TROPEX 19.