The Indian navy frigate INS Satpura (F48), Indian navy guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvir (D54) and Indian navy guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvijay (D55) approach the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for a passing exercise during Exercise Malabar 2012. Photo credit: Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA Politics

Capability Building In The Andamans: An Imperative Now

by Maj Gen Alok Deb (Retd)  |  05-December-2016
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The Indian Ocean and South China Sea are pivotal for global shipping. For the major economies in the Asia-Pacific, the lifeline for their energy raw material requirements passes through these waters. China’s belligerency in the South China Sea has led to countries in the region coming together to ensure these international waters remaining free for transit of all shipping irrespective of the flags they fly. The US has also been most apprehensive about Chinese long term objectives. The author identifies the Indian islands of Andamans & Nicobar being crucial to ensuring stability in the region and argues in favour of enhancing Indian capabilities in these territories.

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