December 16, 2017
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Hunting in depth
Anti-submarine operations and future warfare
 
The Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare department began operations with fixed wing aircraft operating from on board India’s first aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant.

The French Alize aircraft was the backbone of the anti-submarine protection provided to the aircraft carrier task force in both peacetime and during hostilities.

The advantage lay in the Alize’s dual capability of striking ground targets and surface ships which was used to pick off smaller Pakistani vessels after the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant’s Sea Hawk strike aircraft achieved devastating effect during the 1971 war in strikes against the Pakistani eastern naval fleet based in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazaar, Khulna and Mongla destroying anything that would float and preventing the Pakistan Navy from making a breakout by using merchant ships.
 
However, even as the Alize’s dual capability remained a mainstay in the In
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