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As many as 14 Chinese naval ships spotted in the Indian Ocean area in August this year Naval chief says

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said India is carrying out a threat assessment following the frequent sighting of Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean Region of late At least fourteen Chinese naval ships were spotted in the Indian Ocean area four months ago he said

Chinese submarines have been spotted in the Indian Ocean region repeatedly and China has claimed they were to assist in anti-piracy operations. It is odd to buy the Chinese version that the submarines are deployed for anti piracy operations in the Indian Ocean region

Addressing the annual press conference ahead of Navy day, Admiral Lanba said Chinese PLAN submarines had been regularly visiting the Indian Ocean since 2013 and there were two deployments alternately - a conventional submarine and a nuclear propelled submarine.

“They may say it is for anti-piracy operations but it is an odd task to give to a submarine.”

He said a submarine was not a suitable platform for anti-piracy operations and that India had carried out a threat assessment. “When you have submarines in your area, you do carry out threat assessment... So we did carry out a threat assessment,” he said.

He added that Chinese Naval ships had been coming to the Indian Ocean since 2008. At one point in August this year, he said at least 14 Chinese Naval ships were present in the Indian Ocean.
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