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Navy deployed strategic assets on operational deployment after Pulwama attack

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

INS Vikramaditya, nuclear submarines and scores of other were put on operational deployment by the after tension escalated between and following the Pulwama terror attack, officials said Sunday.

They said the naval assets were part of a mega exercise but they transited from the exercise for operational deployment soon after the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, sources said.

About 60 of the Indian Navy, 12 of the and nearly 80 aircraft were put on operational deployment mode, they said.

"Availability of such a large number of combat ready assets in the theatre of operations for TROPEX exercise allowed the to expeditiously respond to the developing situation in synergy with the three services," Navy Capt. D Sharma said.

"The overwhelming superiority of in all three dimensions forced the Navy to remain deployed close to the and not venture out in the open ocean," he said.

Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26.

retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 18:50 IST