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About 5 to 9 Chinese Vessels Operating in Indian Ocean: Navy

© China Global TelevisionChinese "smart ship" Zhu Hai Yun, a drone mothership and research vessel
Chinese smart ship Zhu Hai Yun, a drone mothership and research vessel - Sputnik India, 1920, 24.03.2023
The PLA-Navy is boosting its capabilities and fleet numbers amid the US-led push to bring together its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific to contain Beijing’s rising influence.
The Indian Navy has stated that between five to nine People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA-N) vessels and research ships are operating in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at any given point of time, as per a statement given to the Indian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defense.
The Navy further expressed concerns about the growing vessel strength of the PLA-Navy, which last year overtook the US Navy to emerge as the biggest naval fleet globally.

According to an Indian Navy official, the Chinese Navy was not only expanding in numbers, but its operations in the region have increased: “in just over a decade, it has grown from 250 to more than 350 navy ships which is the largest navy in the world.”

A Ming class submarine acquired by Bangladesh Navy from China in 2016 - Sputnik India, 1920, 20.03.2023
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The official noted that last year, the PLA-N commissioned its third domestically-developed aircraft carrier Liaoning — China’s most advanced to date.

Chinese and Indian Navies Compared

Testifying before the Indian parliamentary committee, the secretary of the Department of Military Affairs at the Ministry of Defense said that the current strength of the Indian Navy is around 131 ships.
The official said that it was projected to grow to around 160 ships in four to five years.
On the other hand, the PLA Navy was projected to have nearly 555 ships in the next four to five years, the official noted.

In this regard, it is “imperative” for the Indian Navy to enhance its capabilities in order to meet its “mandate” and deal with traditional and “non-traditional” security challenges; the latter including piracy, unregulated fishing and risks from climate change to name a few of them, the official noted.

“To counter emerging threats, a balanced built-up of the Navy is required whether it is ships, submarines or aircraft which can only be enabled by sustainably assured funding,” the official concluded.