We cannot become a true blue water Navy without enough naval bases around the world. Though around the world does not sound like an achievable goal right now, it is time India started to think about strategic reach. This article explores one such option - To lease or buy land in order to build a Naval and Air Force base outside of Indian territorial scope. The Island of Abd al Kuri Abd Al Kuri is located in the Arabian Sea just off the coast of Somalia and Yemen. It belongs to Yemen. . The Island is 135 sq km in area and has a population of just 450 people. It is a barren rocky island with no commercial value to Yemen. Why 1) Strategic : The map shows the strategic importance of this island. All shipping to and from Europe that passes through the Suez canal and into the Arabian sea is a stones throw away. Similarly all shipping from the middle east towards South East Asia and China is also very close, 2) Political & Economic: Yemen is the poorest Arab country and has just gone through a revolution. It is unique in terms of the near equality in Shia and Sunni populations. Its per capita PPP is 2600 USD and total GDP is about 70 billion USD. Yemen has cordial relations with India, though they also have good relations with Pakistan. Yemen could use the money and the alliance. The deal An offer of lease for 100 years at say 200 million per year for the first 10 years, 500 million for the next 20, 1 billion for the next 30 and 2 billion for the next 40 years, in my estimate is reasonable from India's perspective and attractive from Yemen's perspective. As part of the deal, India can also promise jobs for 1000 Yemenis and relocation funds of another 300 million in the first 2 years for the 450 people who inhabit the island. India could also sign a strategic accord with Yemen that includes shared infrastructure, training etc. India can also throw into the deal a scholarship program for 100 Yemeni students a year in our best institutions. We could also commit to infrastructure building in Yemen. A food guarantee program for Yemen wont hurt either. They are a desert, we are a surplus food producer and will always be even if we have 2 billion to feed. The Benefit Apart from the strategic reach, just studying the landscape of the island indicates an opportunity for at least two air bases and both a naval base as well as a commercial port/dock. We could base one CBG on the island. It brings us closer to Africa in a way that absolutely threatens all commercial Chinese interests in the region. The benefits are unlimited. The Issues Of course China will be pissed, so will Pakistan, so will the US and Europe. Europe would be the most pissed off with the move considering the reach India gains. But fck them all. Dont care. We are the next big deal. They have to learn to live with it. Everyones thoughts please.