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.