Thursday, April 12, 2007

us naval institute: India and the Indian Ocean Basin: Thinking Ahead

apr 12, 2007

if india is growing its blue-water navy, so much the better. given the kaangress's incompetence, i somehow doubt it. as is well known nehru gave the cocos islands to burma, and now china has a naval base on them.

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From: Ram Narayanan  

India STRETCHES its Sea Legs

Steven J Forsberg. United States Naval Institute. Proceedings.
Annapolis: Mar 2007.Vol.133, Iss. 3; pg. 38, 5 pgs

India's development of Mauritian islands to its southwest could
substantially expand the reach of its navy.

In its race to become a regional sea power, India has at times seemed
more like a tortoise than a hare. The potential acquisition of an
aircraft carrier was an annual story for more than 20 years, and
despite the lease of a Soviet nuclear-powered submarine almost two
decades ago India's submarine force remains entirely conventional.
But even though plans to buy or develop specific systems seem to fall
through with regularity, the overall growth trend of the Indian Navy
is impressive. History has shown that sea power is not easily
acquired in a hurry, and India's sometimes slow but generally
systematic growth is a sign of maturity more than a symptom of
India is thinking ahead.

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