In a first, the navies of India and Madagascar undertook joint patrolling of Madagascar’s EEZ on Wednesday as New Delhi sought to expand its defence footprints in the Western Indian Ocean where it has been a traditional net security provider.
Indian Navy’s INS Shardul and Malagasy Naval Ship Trozona undertook Joint Patrol of Madagascar’s Exclusive Economic Zone and participated in PASSEX. This outreach is part of India’s efforts to establish stability in the Indo-Pacific region. China has been eyeing to widen its presence in the Western Indian Ocean.
The first ever Joint Patrol between the navies of India and Madagascar reflect the growing defence ties between the two Indian Ocean neighbours aimed at the common objective of ensuring maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, officials said.