1. Indian naval ships sail for operational deployment to South China Sea

Indian naval ships sail for operational deployment to South China Sea

Indian naval ships today sailed for over two months long operational deployment to the disputed South China Sea during which they will take part in Malabar naval exercise with the US and Japan.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2016 10:42 PM
Indian Navy Indigenously built guided missile stealth frigates, INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri, INS Shakti, a sophisticated fleet support ship, and INS Kirch, an indigenous guided missile corvette, will participate in the MALABAR-16 exercise. (Indian Navy representative photo)

Indian naval ships today sailed for over two months long operational deployment to the disputed South China Sea during which they will take part in Malabar naval exercise with the US and Japan.

Indigenously built guided missile stealth frigates, INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri, INS Shakti, a sophisticated fleet support ship, and INS Kirch, an indigenous guided missile corvette, will participate in the MALABAR-16 exercise.

The Indians ships participation in MALABAR-16, a maritime exercise with the US Navy and JMSDF, reflects the vital strategic importance of the region to India.

“In a demonstration of its operational reach and commitment to India’s Act East policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, under the command of Rear Admiral SV Bhokare, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, sailed out today on a two and a half month long operational deployment to the South China and North West Pacific,” a statement from the navy said.

During this overseas deployment, the ships of Eastern Fleet will make port calls at Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam), Subic Bay (Philippines), Sasebo (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Vladivostok (Russia) and Port Klang (Malaysia).

The visits to each port will last four days and are aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between the navies.

PASSEX has also been planned at sea with the host navies.

Reacting sharply to India’s move in December last year of including Japan in the Indo-US Malabar naval exercises on a permanent basis, China had said that Tokyo will not “provoke confrontation” and “heighten tensions” in the region.

China claims sovereignty on almost all of the South China Sea which is disputed by Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

The US, which had been pushing for Japan’s inclusion, has said the exercise is an important element for assessing the maritime capabilities of all the three countries.

The US has in recent months ramped up its warnings over what it calls China’s growing “militarisation” in the region.

American warships and aircraft have undertaken number of operations in the region to challenge China’s moves even as the US hopes to stitch Asian military powers into a closer cooperation.

The US has also been pushing for a quadrilateral security dialogue involving itself, India, Japan and Australia.

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    George
    May 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm
    I can understand an and Australia teaming with the US as natural allies but is this is this little minnow, India, doing in their company? India has the largest number of desutes and illiterates in the world, the most polluted cities and rivers and crumbling urban infrastructure. Why doesn't the government provide basics in food and health to the people first? instead of acting as humble servant to the big nations?The Indian navy has had lots of accidents in recent years - such as the loss of the recovery vessel TRV72, killing 3 personnel in Nov 2014. Other accidents:* INS Tarkash (December 2013) - A stealth frigate which conducted several overseas missions, INS Tarkash suffered damage to its hull when it hit the jetty while docking at the Mumbai. There were no casualties.* INS Betwa (January 22, 2014) - The indigenously built frigate ran aground and collided with an unidentified object while approaching the Mumbai harbour. The frigate's sonar system was found to be cracked, leading to faulty readings and ingress of r into sensitive equipment.* INS Vipul (January 2014) Deplo with the elite 22nd Killer Missile Vessel Squadron, a was detected in a compartment, forced it back into the harbour while it was on an operational mission. It had to be sent for repairs.- INS Sindhughosh (January 2014) - The leading ship of her cl of diesel-electric submarines, the Sindhughosh ran aground at the naval harbour in Mumbai. The submarine was re-floated and did not suffer much damage. At the time of the incident, it was fully armed, carrying its entire compliment of 70 personnel, all of whom were safe.etc etcIs India competent to run a navy?
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