The Indian Navy on 25 October 2017 approved a new mission-based deployment plan that involves deploying mission-ready ships and aircraft along critical sea lanes of communications in the Indian Ocean region.
The Navy in an official release stated that Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba had approved the plan on the second day of the four-day naval commanders' conference that was held in New Delhi.
The warships have been deployed to tackle any possible event ranging from acts of maritime terrorism and piracy to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. The deployments are supposed to be maintained round-the-clock.
Besides this, the Indian navy along with the Ministry of External Affairs has decided to focus efforts on developing the capacity and capability of the navy in the region.
The move of deploying the mission-ready ships and aircraft is also reportedly to counter China’s growing presence in the strategically key waters. The threat was one of the key issues that was brought up for discussion on the second day of the four-day long naval commander’s conference.
Who: Indian Navy
Where: Indian Ocean Region
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