Indian Warships To Exercise In South China Sea

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  1. SajeevJino

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    Indian warships to exercise in South China Sea


    Four Indian naval warships have reached the South China Sea to exercise with five Asean nations surrounding the disputed sea zone, before sailing to Australia.

    While two of them—stealth frigate INS Satpura and anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta—were already there taking part in the Simbex-2015 drills with Singapore Navy, two other ships—missile destroyer INS Ranvir and fleet tanker INS Shakti—reached Jakarta on Sunday.

    The Indian warships will exercise with Indonesian Navy for the next four days before touching Asean ports like Kuantan in Malaysia, Sattahip in Thailand and Sihanoukville in Cambodia. After completing these engagements, the warships will set sail for Freemantle in Australia. The deployment involves a three-month-long voyage of the Eastern Fleet of Indian Navy, led by Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh.

    The Indian deployment comes at a time when territorial dispute over the area is increasing, with several countries opposing China's alleged plans of militarisation of the maritime zone.

    Successive Indian Navy chiefs have stated that Navy is capable of including South China Sea as its “area of interest” if Indian assets are threatened.

    “India believes in the freedom of navigation. Indian oil exploration activities in the South China Sea are in accordance with all international laws. Statements (made by China) threatening use of force are not appropriate as both countries are committed to resolve the issue,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said here on Sunday.

    Three years ago, on a routine port call to Vietnam, Indian warship INS Airavat had received a message from a Chinese military vessel asking it to leave what the Chinese claimed was their territorial waters, but otherwise accepted as international waters.

    “On July 22 (in 2012), at a distance of 45 nautical miles from the Vietnamese coast in the South China Sea, it was contacted on an open radio channel by a caller identifying himself as the 'Chinese Navy' stating that 'you are entering Chinese waters'. No ship or aircraft was visible from INS Airavat, which proceeded on her onward journey as scheduled. There was no confrontation,” stated the External Affairs Ministry.

    The South China Sea disputes figured prominently at the ongoing Shangri-La dialogue at Singapore, which for the first time was attended by US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter. Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, who represented India at the security meet, did not mention South China Sea in his address.

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  3. Srinivas_K

    Srinivas_K Senior Member Senior Member

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    Nice move .... India is not a nation to be bullied !
     
  4. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Nice move clearly outside of the 9 dashes? Feel free to conduct this as it will further prove there's no hindrance to navigation freedom so long as rules of engagement r followed.

    ~Tapa talks: Orange is the new black.~
     
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    Is that 9 dashes recognized by international comunity ? or those are inside the 200 Nautical miles from the shore...
     
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  6. uglycalculate

    uglycalculate New Member

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    I wonder if Philippines will participate in this exercise.
     
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    Bheeshma Regular Member

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    IN has been conducting exercises here since the 90's. Why is this such a big news?
     
  8. roma

    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    that is indeed the right kind of question to ask especially for the future !

    India should not be doing the defensive work for those who should ..... now if this is merely one of the first few exercises of which there should be more, well, as an exception india can be involved to show the capability of our equipment and warships

    but in future we should be selling our military naval products to the asean countries and only be involved in training them in how to use it .

    actual defence work is their responsibility , not ours !

    should our people give lives for them ? only in the case of protecting our drilling or other equipment out there in the SCS should we get involved ... the USA and asean can jolly well do it ,..... we are not recognosed as parrt of the P5 of the UNSC but they want us to act as if we were ? ... No ....if asean unanimously gets us nito P5 then that's a different story , but until then .......

    we can advantageiusly sell asean good equipment ..... perhaps not as high-tech as usa's but then aagain, not at their high prices - that should be our miltary niche in all of this and of course some training and lessons in strategic naval warfare based on our extensive experience

    other than those two -i.e. defending out own drilling areas or naval demonstrations, sorry we dont do work that others can and shoud do for themselves !

    ref @Srinivas_K nivas_k @LETHALFORCE @pmaitra @Kunal Biswas @Singh
    @Yusuf
     
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    Agree with Roma ...India do not have to do defense work for ANY power....If India does that...It becomes more like Pakistan. India must keep its independent foreign policy and is responsible for the defense of its 1.25 billion people...others need to defend themselves or the superpower should do it for them.
     
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    I wish to see my country fully equipped and able to provide responsive maritime security to our sea zone.
     
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