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Navy sends more ships from Eastern fleet for deployment in Indian Ocean region

The Eastern and Western Naval Commands are in a ‘heightened state of alertness’, which means ships can be deployed on short notice.

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New Delhi: Amid tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the Indian Navy has sent out additional ships from its Eastern fleet for deployment in the Indian Ocean Region, ThePrint has learnt.

The move comes at a time when India has put its military machinery on high alert following the deadly clash in the Galwan Valley late Monday evening that led to the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers.

Defence sources told ThePrint that apart from ships that are routinely at sea on various missions, the Navy has instructed other ships to sail out. The sources did not reveal the number of ships, or where they have moved, or for what purpose.

However, they did say both the Eastern and Western naval commands are in a “heightened state of alertness” — which means ships can be deployed on short notice for operations.

ThePrint reached the Indian Navy for comment through calls and text messages Wednesday, but is yet to receive an official response.

Also read: Third round of talks on, India rejects China’s claim over Galwan Valley

‘More ships than normal’ 

A source confirmed that the number of ships now operationally deployed is “more than normal”.

“Also, there are various fleet exercises at sea during peacetime, and their deployment is such that they can always turn around and be operationally available when needed,” the source said.

For instance, after the Balakot air strikes, the Navy, which was carrying out a major theatre level exercise (TROPEX), was immediately deployed in an operational role in the northern Arabian Sea.

The decision to raise the alert level of the three forces were taken at a high-level meeting held by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs Tuesday, following deliberations held at the level of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Also read: How India and China stack up in terms of military capability


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  1. Defence strength should not be leaked to media. Apply chanakya nethi against china. Give full freedom to our defence personnel.
    Dokha ko dokha se maro.
    This operation should be kept high secret between PM defence head and H M only.
    No need to publicize

  2. It is dangerous that media and public know about our defence Indian Navy or defence Airforce activities, Only PM , defence, external home ministers and army chief should know about the activities. This will form as tool for antinationals with in India and abroad to warn our enemies. We must also plan our actions swiftly involving all faithful big nations for the homicide commited against Indian army. Don.t inform some of the bureaucrats who are working against nation possibly under guidance of some politicians.

  3. It will be better to send Aircraft carrier to a location off Porbandur with missile equipped subs in Arabian sea to warn Pak of any interference . Off Andaman islands let warships form a necklace till Indonesia as done by Japanese longback in world war II which caused heavy destruction of Americans in Philippines base.

  4. Follow the principle of reciprocity Lohe ko lohe se katna padta hai. Chinese strategies should be used against China. E.g – supply nuclear weapons to Vietnam / Taiwan, support Uiguhur separatists with arms & Balochs in Pakistan etc. Containing China will become cheap and everyones defence budget will come down substantially.

    China has started a war along unconventional lines – it is redefining war. Salami slicing strategy is the tip of the iceberg. And human shields in the form of maritime militia is another strategy. These initiatives make even Russia holy.

    Some unconventional initiatives, duly co-ordinated, are required to take on the unconventional war by China. Some possibilities are:

    – Rename SCS with a name minus China. South Asian Sea sounds fine.
    – Move against China at the UN by passing a resolution censuring the SCS activities by China
    – Create a NATO type military alliance. The affected countries, along with US, UK & France should create a joint maritime militia titled South Asian Sea Protection Force. This entity is not country specific and can destroy Chinese assets without any one country being exclusively responsible for the act. China will definitely not nuke all the countries because one missile brings down its aircraft carrier or its oil rig. And this can be be provided enough missiles and torpedoes at subsidized prices. Whether a Patriot, Exocet or Bhramos decimated its military / commercial asset also can be camouflaged.
    – Create a legal alliance to initiate legal proceedings against China in all forums and under all anti-civil acts by China – be it the ICJ or the various organs of the UN. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling was by efforts of a single country, and China promptly pointed guns at the Philippines.

    China will be rendered impotent if the enemy is indeterminate. It can bully if it can point a gun, but not a non-entity or an invisible enemy.

    China has undermined the traditional rules of military engagement – to the extent of undermining the rules of civil engagement – beyond its borders.

    Civil and traditional engagement protocols / procedures / norms have been undermined by China.

    One cannot shape iron by using butter.

  5. No defence news should be shared with Indians as the Chinese will get to know about Indias preparation. China is not at all revealing their preparation to media. On the other hand India has less troops ,fighter planes , etc. And India can win by strategy which is it’s old tradition or do friendships with Nations. India’s peace making is not its weakness.u

  6. Evenafter 4 days no clear picture how many soldiers killed on China side.But here we are telling the Navy’s deployment. Is it correct?


  7. Still military secret is not to out in open. But in India all want to know everything opposition want details of deployment to be revealed in Media by DM, PM…and this they call democracy , RTI etc ,this is not only helarious but dangerous to our security.

  8. It’s not good to post the news of the defence forces on internet. As this would warn our enemies from our attacks .

  9. Strategy regarding deployment of army, air force & navy should be insulated from general media and public in the nation security interest.

  10. This was a useless peice of information . As usual the media is instigating the situation. Looks like Chinese propaganda

  11. it is dangerous to inform media and public about our navy or airforce activities, Only PM , defence and external home ministers, other ministers, army chief need to know. this will form as tool for antinationals with in India and abroad to warn our enemies. we must also plan our actions swiftly involve all big nations for the homicide commited against indian army and global 5 million deaths. don.t inform some of the bureaucrats who are working against nation possibly under guidance of some politicians. Thank you, good night.

    • What is the use of of maintaining a reasonably large armed force by India. We, failed in intelligence gathering & in taking corrective action. What, was the intelligence doing when Chinese were busy occupying the Finger tops, building roads, permanent settlements in Galwan & occupying approx. 60 swim of Indian territory. I, think the army’s hands are tied by an incompetent, lethargic Indian polity.

  12. This strategy of – You dont poke me here, I wont poke you there – is quite apt to be applied long back to teach lesson to enemy neighbors.

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