Indian Ocean Region Current Affairs
Indian Navy has successfully completed refitted Maldivian Coast Guard Ship (MCGS) Huravee at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam and was formally handed over. The ship was refitted in four-months as part of Indian Navy initiative undertaken in furtherance of its diplomatic outreach to friendly foreign navies in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
During the refit, major repairs were undertaken on MCGS Huravee’s hull, main propulsion and auxiliaries. In addition number of equipment and systems of ship were upgraded for better performance and reliability. Moreover, all equipment were put through extensive harbour and sea trials so as to achieve full combat capability of ship and ensure its continuous availability for operations to Maldives Coast Guard for next operational cycle.
It was originally commissioned as INS Tillanchang, a Trinkat class patrol vessel built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkatta in March 2001. It was subsequently gifted to Maldives by Government of India in April 2006 to strengthen strategic partnership between two nations and work together to ensure maritime safety of IOR. The Indian Government through Indian Navy has undertaken such diplomatic courtesies previously when it undertook refit of ship in 2015.
Indian Navy has approved new mission-based deployment plan for deploying mission-ready ships and aircraft along critical sea lanes of communications and choke points in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
It was discussed in the ongoing naval commanders’ conference. Besides, new transition cycle for ships from maintenance periods to operational deployments was also approved.
New mission-based Deployment Plan
Under this mission-based deployment plan, Indian Navy’s 14-15 ships will be deployed year-round in region to meet any eventuality across spectrum of operations ranging from acts of maritime terrorism and piracy to Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. These deployments are aimed at maintaining 24/7 and round the year vigil with ships being sustained and turned around on station.
The areas where these ships and corvettes and surveillance aircraft are being deployed include the Malacca Strait, North Andaman Sea, Andaman Sea including Bangladesh and Myanmar, Lakshadweep islands and Maldives, besides Madagascar and Persian Gulf. These vessels will monitor increased Chinese presence in these areas.
New transition cycle
It will allow for focused and gradual transition of ships from periods of maintenance layoffs to full-scale operations. It focuses efforts of operational commanders on training and safety inspections of ships before deployment.