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