NEW DELHI: The Navy has carried out a main evaluate of the operational preparedness and combat-readiness of its Eastern Fleet, which is deployed within the Bay of Bengal and past to guard Indian pursuits and maintain observe of hostile forces on the excessive seas.
With a watch firmly on China in addition to in tune with India’s “Act East” coverage, the Navy has been bolstering force-levels on the jap seaboard with new warships, maritime patrol plane and spy drones. The ongoing navy confrontation with China in jap Ladakh, which is into its ninth month now, has added a way of urgency to the continued rebalance to the jap seaboard.
Officers stated Eastern Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain launched into totally different warships during the last 4 days for a first-hand evaluation in the course of the “operational readiness inspection” of the Eastern Fleet.
Twenty-two warships, together with the Ranvir-class guided-missile destroyers and Shivalik-class stealth frigates, participated within the evaluate, which noticed drills involving pressure safety in opposition to uneven assaults, weapon firings, anti-submarine warfare and fleet manoeuvres underneath reasonable circumstances.
“The fleet was put through paces to showcase the multi-dimensional warfare capabilities in protecting the vast maritime borders and offshore assets of the country,” stated an officer.
“Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Eastern Fleet has maintained a very high tempo of operations to meet all national tasking in and beyond the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), including events in wake of the Galwan incident in Ladakh,” he added.
As earlier reported by TOI, India has additionally fast-tracked plans for “force accretion” and “military infrastructure development” within the strategically-located Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as an efficient counter to China’s increasing footprint within the IOR.
The archipelago can function a navy outpost to miss China’s important sea lanes transporting the majority of its crude oil imports and different commerce by way of the Malacca Strait.