China is expanding its military activities in the region of Indian Ocean. In the backdrop of its military presence, in a high-level meeting in Delhi starting Tuesday, the Indian Navy reviewed the effectiveness of its operations in order to maintain far-reaching work in the region. As per the discussion with self-reliance, indigenization efforts and unmanned system of its war capabilities Efforts for modernization of its warfare skills by unmanned systems.
At the Naval Commanders Conference which is going to be held from October 24, 2017 to October 27, 2017 the mentioned issues will be the main subject of discussion. As, the biannual conference serves as a platform, where conversation between the naval commanders, chiefs of the Army and Indian Air Force, besides senior government officials will be done.
It is also said that during the Naval Commanders Conference, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will interact with the commanders.
All the major operations will also be reviewed by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba with his commanders. Meanwhile, human resource, training and administrative activities also undertaken in the past six months.
Indian Navy said, “The Commanders will also discuss plans for enhancing and sustaining the Indian Navy’s operational footprint in the IOR in keeping with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ (SAGAR).”
With the cooperation of US Navy and Japan Navy, Indian Navy already conducts the Malabar Naval exercise in the Indian Ocean. Further, with the cooperation of other navies IOR will be reviewed too.
Indian Navy’s capability to proactively respond to Maritime Security Challenges having natural calamities, in the IOR will also be debated.
As per the Indian Navy, “Combat readiness would be reviewed with focus on operational effectiveness of combat platforms, logistics and development of shore support infrastructure for sustaining distant operations.”
Ensuring Secure Seas- A 2015 Indian Navy document:
In the priority areas of this document South China Sea, East China Sea and Western Pacific Ocean included. However, Indian Maritime Security Strategy consists Indian Navy’s interest areas such as Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, IOR island nations and East Coast of Africa among other nations.