With the competition growing in Indian Ocean Region, the Indian Navy is in no mood to concede.
This is why, it appears, the Indian Navy today tweeted a dual message to the Chinese Navy as it entered the IOR.
The Indian Navy tweeted, “we see you on the Indian Ocean”.
While it may appear a warm welcome to the three warships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA-N)), the other interpretation is also being drawn out of the message.
The Navy also added “happy hunting” to its welcome message to the Chinese navy ships.
Beijing has been maintaining that its fleed in IOR is from the 29th Anti-Piracy Escort Force of the PLA-N.
But it is also true that the China has been setting up bases in the IOR for research and with submarines.
The Indian Navy followed its welcome tweet to another tweet that showed a map of its warships on vigil 24/7 to keep our ‘Area of Responsibility’ safe.
India was making sure China was aware the Indian Navy has a strong presence on the Indian Ocean and has the ability to monitor the vast stretch of waters round-the-clock, at a time when Beijing’s vessels are increasingly making their presence felt in the IOR.
Indian Navy has a fleet of 50 of its combat-ready warships and is presently deployed in the IOR – including in the Strait of Malacca – which enables India to carry out round-the-clock surveillance.