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Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Exercise

Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Exercise

Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) has conducted the second edition of Defence of Andaman & Nicobar Islands 2019 (DANX-19). The second edition of DANX-19 is a large scale joint services exercise and conducted between 14th Oct. to 18 Oct 19.

Key point:–

  • In this edition also participated internal forces from ANC, accretional forces from Mainland comprising ships and aircraft, Special Forces from the newly formed Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD).
  • Components of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard carried out mobilisation and field manoeuvres to validate defensive plans of Headquarters ANC towards pursuance of the Command’s responsibility, namely ensuring territorial integrity of the A&N Islands in the period of five days.

About Andaman and Nicobar Exercise

  • It is the first and only Tri-Service theatre command of the Indian Armed Forces.
  • It is based at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India.
  • It was created in 2001 in Southeast Asia.
  • A three star officer from Navy, under whom officers and men from all three services (Navy, Air Force, Army) work commanded this exercise.
  • Its current Commander-in-Chief is Vice Admiral Bimal Verma..
  • It conducts bi-annual coordinated patrols (CORPATs).
  • It visits India's exclusive economic zone to suppress gun running, narcotics smuggling, piracy, and poaching, and conducts maritime surveillance, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR).

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