As India and China continue to be involved in a military standoff in eastern Ladakh for nearly 15 months, ships from the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet will proceed on an overseas deployment to Southeast Asia, South China Sea and the Western Pacific, and will participate in joint exercises with navies of various nations neighbouring China, and with member nations of the Quad.
The Navy mentioned in a statement on Monday that in pursuit of the “Act East policy” and “to enhance military cooperation with friendly countries”, a Task Force of Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet is scheduled to proceed on an Overseas Deployment to South East Asia, the South China Sea and Western Pacific from early August 2021 for over two months.
“The deployment of the Indian Navy ships seeks to underscore the operational reach, peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and countries of the Indo Pacific,” the Navy said.
It mentioned that the task group includes Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvijay, Guided Missile Frigate INS Shivalik, Anti-Submarine Corvette INS Kadmatt and Guided Missile Corvette INS Kora.
“During the deployment in the Indo Pacific, the ships are scheduled to participate in bilateral exercises with Royal Malaysian Navy (Samudra Laxmana), Vietnamese Peoples’ Navy, Republic of Philippines Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy (SIMBEX), Indonesian Navy (Samudra Shakti) and Royal Australian Navy (AUS-INDEX).