Media: Indian Navy expands its presence across Indian Ocean

26.10.2017, India.

Indian military ships will strengthen control over the strategic sea routes in the Indian Ocean, Times of India reports on October 25, citing a source in the Indian Navy, RIA Novosti reports.

According to the new plan, ships and aircraft will be placed in a state of combat readiness and will patrol the most complicated areas of the Indian Ocean. The Indian Navy sees the main threat in the increased activity of China in the area from the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aden to the Strait of Malacca and Sunda Strait.

“This (patrol – translator’s note) will be done on a 24×7 basis round the year, with the warships being sustained and turned around on station. The Indian Navy has emerged as the net security provider and the first responder in the region,” the Times of India says, citing its sources.

As of today, the Indian Navy has 12-15 ships, including destroyers, frigates, corvettes, and patrol vessels, all in a state of combat readiness in the Indian Ocean.

Earlier it was also reported that India decided to build about 50 new border posts on the border with China.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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