Military Capabilities

Indian Navy plans permanent presence in IOR to counter Chinese influence

26 October 2017

Key Points

  • The Indian Navy is looking to establish a permanent presence in the IOR
  • Deployments to the IOR are intended to counter the PLAN's growing influence in the region

The Indian Navy (IN) has announced plans to permanently position mission-ready warships and surveillance aircraft along critical sea lanes of communication and chokepoints in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to execute an assorted ‘spectrum of operations’.

The bi-annual, four-day IN commanders’ conference, which ended on 27 October, determined that these operations will involve countering maritime terrorism, human trafficking, piracy and narcotics smuggling, and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to IOR littoral states.

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