Doklam standoff: Countering China in the backyard, Indian Navy silently tightens grip over Indian Ocean
While countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand are vigorously observing the results of the Doklam expansion in Bhutan between the Indian and Chinese armies, New Delhi instructed the Indian Navy to quietly extend its influence and strengthen its dominance over the Region of the Indian Ocean.
In addition, the problem of immediate security, the positioning of India in Doklam is also influenced by the message that the results of the standby will send to these neighboring countries.
In the past two months, Indian and Chinese troops clashed on the Doklam plateau in Bhutan. China wants to build a path across the plateau. India opposes the road and has deployed the army.
A GRAND-MULTI-SIDE EXERCISE OF THE COASTAL COUNTRIES OF THE INDIAN OCEAN
For the first time, Bangladesh – which now leads the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) – with the help of India, will organize a major naval exercise involving more than a dozen countries.
IONS is an initiative of India aimed at enhancing maritime cooperation among Marines in the Indian Ocean region’s coastal states. The IONS was designed by the UPA government to bring together the region’s “friendly” Marines to counter China’s growing aggressiveness in the Indian Ocean region.
It is likely that the exercise, likely involving more than a dozen countries, will be held in the Bay of Bengal. The IONS platform was inactive in recent years, “we decided to revitalize the platform,” a senior Defense Ministry official told India today and added, “a great exercise involving several coastal countries sends a tacit but clear message . ”
Although China has focused on large funds, India has decided to adopt a more benign approach. Indian Navy launches initiative Sambandh – Navy officers and cadets from smaller countries without large marines will be received aboard the INS Vikramaditya – the aircraft carrier of India – Aircraft Destroyer Class of Kolkatta – rebellion and art Stealth missile – INS Kalvari – diesel-electric class submarine Scorpene etc.
“The smaller cadets and naval officers will get the taste of the blue navy and the size of the marines being organized,” said a senior official. Cadets and officers from countries such as Bangladesh, Kenya, Oman, Tanzania, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, etc. It will be soon on these platforms. South Block has already given permission for the initiative.
MOBILE TRAINING TEAM
In addition to the initiation of Sambandh, the Indian Navy joins the neighborhood by expanding its training program. Training teams from the Indian Navy will now travel to neighboring countries.
“Many countries can not send their officers, cadets to a foreign country for training, this initiative will fill this gap,” said a senior official.
Each Mobile Training Team (MTT) will have between 8 and 10 officers and may train more officers in their homes than the officer has added. Bangladesh has already asked India to establish its naval training school.