New Delhi: The Navy is “ready” to deal with any misconduct or accident in the Indian Ocean Territory (IOR), which, despite working closely with the Army and the IAF, will provide “desired results” in the ongoing military confrontation. Admiral Karambir Singh said on Thursday that China is in eastern Ladakh.
China’s efforts to change the status quo in line with the Kovid-19 epidemic have “significantly increased the complexities” in India’s security situation. “The dual challenge continues … the Navy remains adamant as a war-ready and reliable force to combat them,” Admiral Singh said on Friday on Navy Day.
While hawking on Chinese warships, submarines and surveillance ships at IOR, the Navy has deployed its P-8I Marine Patrol aircraft and heavy-duty heron surveillance drones to monitor people’s liberation across land borders.
“The Navy has established a consistent footprint in our areas of interest, including the IOC’s various choke points. Our deployments serve as a counterweight to the interests of the Navy, which clearly signifies the scope, capability and purpose of the Navy, ”said Admiral Singh.
China currently has three warships deployed on the IOR for anti-piracy patrols, but its submarines and survey research vessels also regularly ship to the region. Two Chinese survey vessels that map oceanographic data useful for navigation and submarine operations, for example, were in the waters near Sri Lanka last month.
But Admiral Singh said there were “no violations” of Indian maritime zones. Last year, Indian warships drove a Chinese research vessel engaged in suspicious activity near the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.
But a major concern is China’s expanding maritime footprint, which now boasts the world’s largest fleet of more than 350 warships and submarines. China is rapidly building two more aircraft carriers to add to its existing fleet, with the aim of eventually owning 10 of them.
Considering this, the Navy has decided to make its long-running case a third aircraft carrier. Currently, if India has only one carrier in the 44,500 tonnes INS Vikramaditya, the long delayed local carrier (40,000 tonnes INS Vikrant) will be ready to be operational by next September.
Admiral Singh said, “As a Navy, we are absolutely clear on the utility of the third carrier. Air power at sea is needed here and now.”
The joint tri-service case of acquiring the recently armored 30 Sea Guardian or the armored MQ-9 Reaper drones is much stronger than the two unarmed aircraft recently leased from the US.
140 Battleship Navy aims to have 175 warships by 2027 despite budget constraints. Admiral Singh said, “Our self-reliance is clear from the fact that all 24 ships and submarines have been built in India in the last six years. In addition, 43 Indian ships and submarines are currently being built in 41 Indian docks.”

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