Indian Navy ships are currently sailing in the South China Sea. INS Ranvijay and INS Kora undertook a bilateral maritime exercise with Vietnam People’s Navy frigate VPNS Ly Thai To (HQ-012) on Wednesday.
Four Indian Navy ships INS Ranvijay, guided-missile frigate Shivalik, anti-submarine corvette Kadmatt and guided-missile corvette Kora left on a two-month-long deployment in the South China Sea earlier this month.
The vessels will participate in Exercise Malabar 2021 with the US, Australian and Japanese navies.
The ongoing engagements are aimed at sending a strong message to Beijing, which has been flexing its muscles on land as well as in the South China Sea. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) had earlier said that the Indian Navy vessels will participate in exercises with South China Sea littoral states including Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.
South China Sea dispute: In a nutshell
Already cornered for being the origin of the global pandemic COVID-19, Beijing has also been at the receiving end for its expansionist designs that have affected, among others, the Indian borders in Ladakh.