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Saturday, August 08, 2015

As sightings of Chinese submarines become frequent, Navy steps up guard in Indian Ocean region

Type 039A (Yuan) class SSKThe Indian Navy is determined to control the Indian Ocean Region, the world's third largest water body, which it says is now a global economic highway. With two-thirds of the global oil, half of the container traffic and a third of the cargo traffic passing through it, the region holds a special significance for the entire world.

For the navy this region is its backyard and it wants to be recognised as the chief security provider here.

The key to dominating this vast expanse lies underneath, though, the stealthy domain of the submarine that can patrol unseen but is an ever present danger. With increasing signs that China is expanding its influence in the region, a great submarine game is on the anvil.

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