Growing PLAN strength and influence in the Indian Ocean force the Indian navy to dispatched warships to conduct unprecedented patrols.
India is conducting more warship patrols than ever before, amid fears it may lose its dominant position in the Indian Ocean as China’s naval power growing rapidly.
According to senior Indian naval officials, the seas off India have not seen such a large number of naval vessels coming in since World War II. The reason is that the US and its Western allies are increasingly deploying more warships to this area.
Bloomberg reported that about 125 foreign naval warships are present in the Indian Ocean at all times, roughly three times the number deployed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.