India to strengthen Andaman and Nicobar Command to take on China

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  1. AVERAGE INDIAN

    AVERAGE INDIAN EXORCIST Senior Member

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    New Delhi: As the race for the Indian Ocean region heats up with India, China and the United States trying to dominate the region, South Block is all set to hand over the controls of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) - India's strategic outpost in the Bay of Bengal - to the Indian Navy.

    The ANC was set up 13 years ago following the Kargil Committee report, partly to buy peace among the three services and partly to ensure that all three gear up to operate from the region. The command was rotated among the three services - Army, Navy, and Indian Air Force.

    But after 13 years, there is a growing realization that the required infrastructure at ANC hasn't come up because of lack of focus and appreciation of requirements of the Navy. The Navy, too, has officially written to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) stating that development of the ANC is not satisfactory.

    "Some key infrastructure needs to come up immediately if the Navy is expected to operate with ease on the Eastern and Western board of Malacca Strait. Unfortunately, these haven't been addressed. The fact that the command has been rotated among the three services has added to this delay" a senior Navy official told NDTV.

    For instance, in 2012, the Navy operationalised INS Baaz, an airbase at Campbell Bay at the very northern tip of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It overlooks the Malacca Strait through which the crucial Sea Lane of Communication (SLOC) connecting China to the rest of the world passes through. Although the naval airbase is in operation, efforts to increase the runway and turn INS Baaz into full-fledged air base hasn't materialised yet.

    Similarly, the Navy wants bigger fuel, ordnance and storage dumps. But in the last 13 years, plans to make the ANC a forward outpost of India capable of repairing, equipping and launching ships and aircrafts for missions hasn't come up.

    "Can ANC handle and equip a fleet if required?" a senior Navy asked.

    With the Navy getting a second aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, the need to develop a forward operating outpost that can equip, repair and launch an entire fleet becomes all the more important.

    Sources tell NDTV that the Defence Ministry is now likely to move the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to hand back the Andaman and Nicobar Command to the Navy. It is also likely to press for the additional commands, Special Force Command and Aerospace Command, to be handed over to the Army and the Air Force respectively while the third additional command, Cyber Command, is headed by the three services in rotation.

    India to strengthen Andaman and Nicobar Command to take on China | NDTV.com
     
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  3. Hari Sud

    Hari Sud Senior Member Senior Member

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    The two more aircraft carriers and three more nuclear submarines would change that in next five to seven years.
     
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    Patriot Senior Member Senior Member

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    MOD & CCS is bunch of political jokers rather jugglers. They have even politicized command structure. Why can't we have one Tri-Service Joint Command across the services & Joint Chief of Staff? It is ridiculous the way they are playing with strategic aspect of our security.

    No body even quetioning them in parliament for the inaction on Kargil Committee Report !!!
     
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    Vishwarupa Senior Member Senior Member

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    When it comes to national security all political parties are the same.
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Navy wants its pearl harbour ( Andaman & Nicobar ) at Andaman Sea, Sound nice for now ..

    They first start making concrete defense with guns emplacements ( T-72 / T-55 ) Turrets, MG nests and AAA and SAM nest all over the areas ..
     
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    Abhijeet Dey Regular Member

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    In future Indian Navy should also post a third fleet (possibly third aircraft carrier) at Andaman & Nicobar Command.
     
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    arnabmit Homo Communis Indus Senior Member

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    INS Baaz is already a stationary super carrier.

     
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    Defcon 1 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Actually whenever the third carrier gets inducted, it will be basically used for rotation. A carrier has substantial downtime, so three carriers in service means 2 will be active at any given time, one for eastern fleet and one for western.
     
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