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Indian Navy conducts 'Exercise Poorvi Lehar' off the eastern seaboard

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 22-04-2024
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Indian Navy conducted ‘Exercise Poorvi Lehar’ off the Eastern Seaboard under the operational control of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command on 20 April 2024.

Objective of Exercise Poorvi Lehar (XPOL):

  • The objective of this XPOL exercise was to validate the processes towards assessing the preparedness of the Indian Navy to deal with the maritime security challenges of the region.
  • Ships, submarines, aircraft and special forces participated in this exercise.

Various stages of XPOL:

  • XPOL was mainly conducted in two phases. This includes:
    • Combat training was conducted in real scenarios during the tactical phase of XPOL.
    • During the weapon phase of XPOL, various firings were successfully conducted to confirm the capability of the Indian Navy to deliver the warhead to the target.
  • With aircraft operating from various locations, continuous maritime area awareness was maintained throughout the area of the exercise.

Key participants in XPOL were:

  • Apart from assets from the Eastern Naval Command, the exercise also involved assets from the Indian Air Force, Andaman and Nicobar Command and Coast Guard. This indicates a very high level of interoperability between the forces.
  • During the exercise the participating forces learned valuable lessons in real life situations, further improving their preparedness to respond effectively to maritime challenges in the region.
  • The successful conclusion of XPOL 2024 underscores the Indian Navy's commitment to tackling the increasing security complexities in the maritime sphere.

About Indian Navy:

  • The Indian Navy represents the maritime division of India's military forces. The other two forces involved in the security of the country are the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. The President of India is the supreme commander of the Indian Navy. The Navy is commanded by the Chief of the Naval Staff.
  • The main goal of the Indian Navy is to safeguard the nation's maritime boundaries.
  • Presently it has been given various responsibilities. The Indian Navy is completing this very well. Mainly among these: 
    • To face new challenges every day in the Indian maritime sector.
    • To develop indigenous systems and weapons.
    • Works above and below the ocean surface to help create a safe marine environment.

Establishment of Indian Navy:

  • The then 'East India Company' formed a navy named Royal Indian Navy in 1612. At that time the East India Company had formed a naval force for the purpose of protecting trading ships. After independence, it was reorganized as the Indian Navy in 1950.
  • The Indian Navy celebrates 'Indian Navy Day' every year on 4 December to commemorate the successful retaliatory attack by the Pakistani Army in 1971.

Indian Navy Headquarters:

  • Naval Headquarters: Located in New Delhi. The Indian Navy is divided into three commands, which are as follows:-
    • Headquarters Western Naval Command, Mumbai
    • Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam
    • Headquarters Southern Naval Command, Kochi

Chief of Indian Navy:

  • Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi will be the new Navy Chief of the country from 30 April 2024.
  • He will take over the new charge on 30 April 2024 after the retirement of the current Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar.


Answer: Indian Navy

Answer: On the east coast of India

Answer: Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi will be the new Navy Chief of the country from 30 April 2024.
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