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Moving in elite company, Indian Navy grapples with serious shortfalls

There is concern in South Block at the poor state of readiness of the navy's 140-odd warships, which face severe shortages in sonar equipment, helicopters and torpedoes

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Advance air operations with MiG 29Ks from Vikramaditya of Indian Navy as part of phase two of Malabar Exercise 2020 | PTI

The quadrilateral Exercise Malabar, involving the American, Australian, Japanese and Indian navies, terminates on Saturday and, by the accounts of India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), has been a thumping success. With two aircraft carrier battle groups participating – one American and one Indian – the three Indian capital warships that exercised, along with an Indian Scorpene submarine and a P-8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft, got a valuable opportunity to train with the best equipped navies of the world, say senior naval admirals. Yet, there is concern in ...