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.
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.