Indian Navy's base in Lakshadweep Islands

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    http://www.sify.com/news/indian-navy-plans-base-in-lakshadweep-news-national-lbxqugbeeid.html


    New Delhi: The Indian Navy, the world's sixth largest naval force, which is slowly building up capabilities to operate for prolonged periods at sea, is planning to open an operations base in the Lakshadweep islands to spruce up coastal security to prevent 26/11-type terror strikes and stop piracy in the Arabian Sea.

    This will be the navy's second base in India's island territories after the one in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and its sixth base overall.

    As part of its long-term plans, the navy will initially open a detachment in the Lakshadweep chain and base a couple of warships there, apart from an air element for aerial patrols in the region, a senior navy officer said.

    In the near future, the detachment will be converted into a full-fledged base with a larger number of warships, aircraft and helicopters operating from there.

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    India had last month commissioned a Coast Guard district headquarters in Kavaratti and a station in Minicoy, both in the Lakshadweep islands, as part of its plans to restructure and strengthen the coastal security set-up there.

    "All these are part of the coastal security plans worked out following the Mumbai terror attack. There is a greater emphasis on having a robust security for the island territories and their surrounding areas," the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media, said.

    The waters around Lakshadweep have in recent months witnessed heightened activity by pirates, who were successful in hijacking a Bangladeshi-flaged merchant vessel about 90 nautical miles off Kochi and 80 nautical miles off Minicoy Dec 5 last year.

    Increased presence of the sea brigands in the central and eastern Arabian Sea is being witnessed since November, perceived as a fallout of the multinational anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden close to the Somali coast.

    India had joined the multinational anti-piracy efforts in October 2008 and since then has had a continued presence there by positioning a warship in the Gulf of Aden.

    In the earlier months too, pirates had ventured into the Arabian Sea, increasing the fear of attacks and hijackings of merchant vessels.

    This had led to the navy deciding to permanently deploy two warships in the central and eastern Arabian Sea , but in a flexible formation for redeployment on an 'as required' basis.

    These efforts are meant for securing the focal points along the sea lanes of communication, which witness heavy commercial shipping activity all year long, the officer said.

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    The terror and piracy threats apart, the navy's presence around the Lakshadweep islands would also deter poachers and smugglers from venturing into the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and territorial waters, thereby preventing illegal activities in the region.

    In the 26/11 attack, 10 terrorists had sneaked into Mumbai through the sea route, taking the Arabian Sea route from Pakistan.

    The Indian Navy currently operates about 140 warships, including a lone aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, from its five bases at Mumbai, Karwar in Karnataka, Kochi in Kerala - all on the west coast - Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on the east coast and at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    The navy also has an air wing comprising 40 aircraft, including 10 British-origin Sea Harriers and 16 Russian-made MiG-29K fighter jets.

    The latter will be deployed on the Admiral Gorshkov carrier that is currrently refitted at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia and is expected to join the fleet in 2012-13. The MiG-29 will also be deployed on the indigenous aircraft carrier being constructed in a Kochi shipyard and which is expected to be inducted by 2015.

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    Once the Gorshkov, rechristened INS Vikramaditya, joins the fleet, the Indian Navy will be operating two Carrier Battle Groups - potent combat formations - on both the western and eastern seaboards.

    The Indian Navy's deep striking warfare and strategic capabilities got a major boost Friday with the induction by Defence Minister A.K. Antony of the third fleet tanker, the state-of-the-art INS Deepak, which will be followed by a similar one in nine months.

    The Italian-built tanker will enable warships operate for prolonged periods on the high seas without returning to harbour for replenishment or refuelling.

    A fleet tanker is as much useful to warships as mid-air refuellers are for fighter jets for extending their operational range.

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    The Indian Navy is the world's sixth largest? I though we were the 4th largest or something.
     
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    It depends on the criteria you use: number of ships, number of personnel, total tonnage of ships, etc.

    I'm not sure which criterion this article used.
     
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    A much needed base for IN. This base will provide IN furthur presence in Arabian Sea and enhance its presence in the Indian Ocean.
     
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    This ranking must be on tonnage basis. In terms of fleet strength and regular personnel employed, IN is the 4th largest after USN, PLA Navy and the Russian Navy.
     
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    Navy to set up new base in Lakshadweep

    The Indian Navy, which is gradually building up capabilities across the island territories to meet the new world order, is all set to open its full-fledged shore unit at the Lakshadweep islands. The new operations base, INS Dweeprakshak, in Kavaratti island would be launched by the end of this month.

    INS Dweeprakshak which would be under the Southern Naval Command (SNC) in Kochi, would be the second operations base of the Indian Navy in an island territory, after the one based in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

    “Indian Navy took the decision to boost its coastal security initiatives after 26/11. Increased incidents of piracy in the Lakshadweep waters is another reason for setting up the base”, said the officials.

    The new base is expected to be inaugurated on April 30. Presently the Navy has two detachments at Lakshadweep in Kavaratti and Minicoy islands under a Naval officer-in-charge of islands. The decision to have a full-fledged shore unit on the islands was taken more than a year ago, after increased presence of pirates was reported from this region.

    Once fully operational, INS Dweeprakshak will have new aircraft, warships and helicopters operating from there along with other operational capabilities. Last year, Indian forces had thwarted a couple of pirate attacks near the Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.

    “It would be an independent establishment under the SNC. That will help in taking decisions on financial matters and administrative decisions,” sources said.

    It’s pointed out that the new operations base would be effective in preventing intrusions to India’s Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) and secure country’s territorial waters. The island chain’s proximity with neighbouring nations like Maldives adds to the need for better sprucing up of security.

    As part of its efforts to spruce up coastal security initiatives, the Indian Coast Guard had set up a new District Headquarters at Laksahdweep islands. It was only a week back that the Coast Guard had established one more station at Androth island.

    Two days back the Southern Naval Command in association with Coast Guard District Headquarters No 12 at Kavarathi, organised the coastal security exercise ‘Neptune-05’ for the islands.

    The Defence Minister had recently pointed out the need for securing the country’s island territories. The Centre has made special allocation for improving island security. The Ministry of Defence(MoD) is also setting up a chain of radar stations across the coastal boundaries of India for better surveillance. Lakshadweep islands will have four radar stations.




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    There are many reefs around the area.

    Hope they have been catered for.

    Must have!
     
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    Contrary to popular belief Lakshdeep is sort of densely populated!!
     
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    Hope the delicate marine environment is not damaged.

    On second thoughts, we should not have in Lakshadweep and instead have in Maldives. Even if there is any problem it is their reefs and not ours.
     
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    My comments are from a military point of view.
     
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    I guess only small boats will be used. A boat with a draft of 1 metre may be able to navigate the reefs without damaging itself.
     
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    Indian Navy Sets Up Full-Scale Naval Base At Lakshadweep

    Defence News - Indian Navy Sets Up Full-Scale Naval Base At Lakshadweep
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    India on Monday took a major step forward towards strengthening the security of it's island territories by setting up a second naval base at Lakshadweep islands.

    India on Monday took a major step forward towards strengthening the security of it's island territories by setting up a second naval base at Lakshadweep islands.
    The base, christened INS Dweeprakshak, was commissioned at Kavaratti in the Lakshadweep archipelago by Southern Naval Commander Vice Admiral K.N. Sushil.
    The base will not only provide additional coastal security to the 36 islands in Lakshdweep archipelago but will also guard the sea lanes used by merchant ships and help in intelligence gathering.
    "Lakshadweep islands form the maritime frontiers of our country on the western side. Commissioning of a full-fledged Naval Base is another milestone in the commitment of Indian Navy to maintain effective coastal surveillance and defence capability," Vice Admiral Sushil said.
    Radar stations and other surveillance measures have been put in place for monitoring the shipping traffic and intelligence gathering in the area.
    A firmer footing in the islands, which are spread out astride some of the busiest shipping lanes of the world, would provide the necessary wherewithal to the Indian Navy to discharge its responsibilities. Lakshadweep is India's only coral island chain.
    The archipelago consists of 36 islands, 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. Only 10 islands - namely, Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy - are inhabited.
    The islands have a total area of 32 sq.km. and the lagoons enclosed by the atolls cover an area of 4,200 sq.km.
     
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    I am hoping this will include a submarine base.
     
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    hope we will put A 5 here, far away from our mainland to send gift of flowers to our enemy if need be.
     

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