Sea Dragon 22 Exercise
GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)
India is among the six Indo-Pacific nations participating in a multilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Pacific Ocean. The US Navy’s seventh fleet said in a statement on 6 January 2022 that the Sea Dragon 22 exercise began on 5 January along with the navies of India, Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea.
- India, Japan, Australia and America are also part of the Quad, and also participate in the Malabar exercise.
- Sea Dragon 22, “primarily centering on anti-submarine warfare training and excellence, culminates in over 270 hours of in-flight training, ranging from tracking simulated targets to the final problem of tracking a live US Navy submarine.
- Each event will be graded and the nation scoring the highest total points will receive the coveted Dragon Belt award, which the Royal Canadian Air Force won last year.
- The “continued growth and increasing complexity of this exercise affords an opportunity to practice ASW tactics, techniques, and procedures with allies and partners that we don’t often get a chance to work with.