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Published On: Sun, Aug 30th, 2020

Indian Navy quietly deployed front line warship in South China Sea after Galwan Valley clash

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NEW DELHI : The Indian Navy deployed its frontline warship in the South China Sea immediately after the Galwan valley clash on June 15 in Eastern Ladakh. The move irked China which raised its displeasure over the decision during the talks between the two sides.
The Chinese have been objecting to the presence of Indian Navy warships in the region where it has significantly expanded its presence since 2009 by building artificial islands and military presence.The Chinese raised objections during the talks.
“Soon after the Galwan clash broke out in which 20 of our soldiers were killed, the Indian Navy deployed one of its frontline warships to the South China Sea where the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy objects to the presence of any other force claiming the majority of the waters as part of its territory,” government sources told news agency ANI.

During the deployment in the South China Sea, the Indian warship was continuously in touch with their American counterparts over secure communication systems. Indian Navy vessel was in touch with its American counterparts

The Navy had also deployed its vessels along the Malacca Straits near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the route from where the Chinese Navy enters the Indian Ocean Region to keep a check on any activity of the Chinese Navy.

A number of Chinese vessels also pass through the Malacca Straits while returning with oil or taking merchant shipments towards other continents, reported news agency.
Meanwhile, the Navy is also planning to urgently acquire and deploy autonomous underwater vessels and other unmanned systems and sensors to keep a close eye on the movement of PLAN from Malacca Straits towards the Indian Ocean Region.

The Navy is also going to fast track the purchase of 10 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial Vehicles under a deal expected to be worth over Rs 1,245 crore.
The immediate deployment of the Indian Navy warship in the South China Sea had a desired effect on the Chinese Navy and security establishment as they complained to the Indian side about the Indian warship’s presence there during the diplomatic level talks with the Indian side, the sources said.

As part of the routine drills, the Indian warship was being constantly updated about the status of the movement of military vessels of other countries there, they said adding that the entire mission was carried out in a very hush-hush manner to avoid any public glare on Navy’s activities.

Around the same time, the Indian Navy had deployed its frontline vessels along the Malacca Straits near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the route from where the Chinese Navy enters the Indian Ocean Region to keep a check on any activity of the Chinese Navy.
A number of Chinese vessels also pass through the Malacca Straits while returning with oil or taking merchant shipments towards other continents. The sources said the Indian Navy is fully capable of checking any misadventure by the adversaries on either the eastern or the western front and the mission-based deployments have helped it to control the emerging situations effectively in and around the Indian Ocean Region.

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