In reaction to China’s long-planned ‘string of pearls‘ containment of India:
NEW DELHI — Addressing the top commanders of the Indian Navy on Tuesday, Defence Minister A.K. Antony announced that additional naval bases and air stations are required to extend the Navy’s reach.
“Antony said the construction of additional bases and naval air stations in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep & Minicoy Islands is necessary to further extend our operational reach,” said a Defence Ministry statement.
India is concerned about the growing Chinese maritime presence in the Indian Ocean, said an Indian Navy official, adding that the Navy will be strengthened with additional submarines, surveillance helicopters and amphibious vessels.
The Indian Navy, he said, will have a new image in the next 10 to 15 years with “long legs” and a force of 150 warships and more than 500 aircraft.
China has already announced that it is planning to deploy at least three aircraft carriers by 2016 in the Indian Ocean. Indian Navy plans to have three aircraft carriers by 2017 are behind because a homegrown carrier is delayed by three years and the Russian-made Admiral Gorshkov carrier has yet to arrive, nearly four years behind schedule.
Full article: India To Add Navy Bases, Expand Coastline Security Sensors (Defense News)