Four ships shall be despatched on a two-month mission to southeast Asia, the South China Sea and the western Pacific, based on the navy who launched a press release on Wednesday. The ships embrace a guided missile destroyer and a missile frigate.
“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,” the navy statement read.
The two-month deployment will also include exercises with the Quad alliance, including the US, Japan and Australia, according to India’s Defence Ministry.
“These maritime initiatives enhance synergy and coordination between the Indian Navy and friendly countries, based on common maritime interests and commitment towards Freedom of Navigation at sea,” the assertion added.
The Quad alliance of the US, Japan, India and Australia is the US President’s initiative to subdue China’s territorial claims.
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“We will respect China and we hope that China respects us . . . we are going to sail the place worldwide regulation permits.”
On Monday, a German warship, the Bayern, was dispatched and is ready to go although the South China sea throughout its six-month Indo-Pacific mission.
It is predicted to go by the South China Sea in December.
“The message is clear: we are standing up for our values and interests together with our partners and allies,” Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer instructed Reuters.
“For our partners in the Indo-Pacific, it is a reality that sea routes are no longer open and secure, and that claims to territory are being applied by the law of might is right.”