With an eye on increasing Chinese naval presence in the region, the Indian Navy has approved a plan for deploying mission-ready ships and aircraft along critical sea lanes of communications and choke points in the Indian Ocean Region. This was discussed in the ongoing naval commanders’ conference. A total of 14-15 ships will be deployed year-round in the region.
The Indian Navy has been deploying its warships in the Indian Ocean region for carrying out anti-piracy patrol and providing humanitarian assistance. The areas where these ships and corvettes and surveillance aircraft are being deployed include the Malacca Strait, Andaman Sea, North Andaman Sea, including Bangladesh and Myanmar, Lakshadweep islands and the Maldives, besides Madagascar and the Persian Gulf. These vessels are being used to monitor increased Chinese presence in these areas.
The ongoing naval commanders’ conference also reiterated the navy’s focus on efforts on capacity and capability development of navies in the region.