50 ships deployed in India’s area of responsibility: Navy | India News

NEW DELHI: Close to 50 Indian Navy vessels are currently deployed in sea lanes, which includes in areas of India’s maritime fascination and in anti-piracy operations, the Navy stated on Tuesday.

The Indian Navy has broader presence in the backyard, the Indian Ocean region, which is also witnessing an rising presence of the Chinese navy.

It also has mission based deployments from the Persian Gulf to the Malacca Straits and from northern Bay of Bengal to the east coastline of Africa and southern Indian ocean.

“#MissionBasedDeployments From Persian Gulf to Malacca Straits & from Northern Bay of Bengal to Southern Indian Ocean to East coastline of Africa @indiannavy with 50 ships on vigil 24X7 maintain our Spot of Responsibility (AOR) protected. @indiannavy Anytime, Everywhere Everytime @nsitharaman,” the Indian Navy spokesperson tweeted.

These are also the areas that have some of the crucial Sea Lanes of Conversation (SLOCs), which are of strategic fascination to India.

China, as well, has deployed its ships in the Indian Ocean to have out anti-piracy operations. It has a naval foundation in Djibouti and is setting up the Gwadar port in Pakistan, strategically situated at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

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