Military Capabilities

India strengthens presence on Andaman and Nicobar territories as regional rivalry with China heats up

07 January 2019

Key Points

  • The Indian Navy will soon operationalise a newly enhanced naval air station in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory.
  • The move is part of New Delhi’s effort to bolster the presence of its armed forces in the strategically important maritime region

The Indian Navy is preparing to operationalise a recently improved naval aviation facility on Great Andaman, the main archipelago of India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory.

The facility, which was formerly known as NAS Shibpur, has been renamed INS Kohasa and will be inaugurated by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command, on 24 January, according to information re-tweeted by an official account of the Indian Navy’s spokesperson.

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