The Indian Navy has increased bilateral exercises in the Indian Ocean with regional navies to counter China’s naval footprint in the region. Last month, Indian and Australian warships held drills in the Bay of Bengal. And this was followed by anti-submarine exercise with the US Navy near Diego Garcia.
A former naval officer, Abhijit Singh, who heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi, says Indian Navy’s partnerships are vital to deterring Chinese undersea deployments in South Asia. Singh said China’s expanding submarine forays in the Indian Ocean indicate Beijing’s strategic ambitions in India’s neighbourhood. Moreover, experts say China’s PLAN has been studying the operating environment in the Indian Ocean to develop capabilities for sustained operations in the littorals.
With China’s assistance, Singh says Pakistan too is becoming an increasingly potent actor in the northern Indian Ocean. “Beijing has been instrumental in strengthening the navies of India’s near neighbours Read More