NEW DELHI: Even as the Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) airbases maintain top-levels of operational readiness, the Indian Navy too is swinging into action with a major exercise "Paschim Leher (western wave)" in the Arabian Sea from next week, Times of India reported today.

Over 40 warships and submarines, backed by maritime fighter jets, patrol aircraft and drones, have already begun to amass on the western seaboard for the intensive combat maneuvers, which include "a little cross-deployment" even from the eastern seaboard, said top defence sources.

Concurrently, the defence ministry has delegated emergency financial powers to the three Service vice-chiefs, Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat, Air Marshal B S Dhanoa and Vice Admiral K B Singh, and set up empowered procurement committees to "make up deficiencies" in the ammunition and spares stockpiles of their forces "at the earliest", added the sources.