The Indian Navy is carrying out an exercise in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to test its capabilities and to be able to combat Chinese forays in the seas in the midst of the Indian-China tussle in Ladakh. Sources said that forces of the Eastern Naval Command and the Andaman and Nicobar Indian Navy Command had been deployed in the war games.
The Andaman and Nicobar Commander have the forces of the Navy, the Air Force and the Army working together to make it a theater command structure. The goal is to ensure that the best use of assets from all forces is considered for other sectors as well. China is expanding its naval operations in the Indian Ocean Region ( IOR). In the guise of anti-piracy operations, the Chinese have also brought submarines into the IOR.
Such missions are usually backed up by a regular ship. Both nuclear and non-nuclear submarines were deployed. The alternating pattern of sending conventional submarines and nuclear subs to follow has been noted, sources say. India is looking to improve its military diplomacy through the Navy to take on Chinese expansionism in the seas. Australia is expected to join the next version of the Malabar exercise, which involves the Indian, U.S. and Japanese ships.