Warships meet U.S. strike group

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  • It comes amid high alert in the Indian Ocean Region due to stand­off with China
  • Naval ships on Monday conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the U.S. Navy’s USS Nimitz carrier strike group near the Andaman and Nicobar islands as it is transiting the Indian Ocean. The exercise comes amid a high alert by the Navy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) due to the stand­off with China along the border in Ladakh.
  • The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is transiting through IOR. During the passage, Indian Navy units undertook PASSEX with the U.S. Navy. 
  • The Indian Navy had conducted similar PASSEXs with the Japanese Navy and the French Navy in the recent past. 
  • S Kashima and JS Shimayuki from the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) training squadron had conducted a PASSEX with INS Rana and INS Kulish in the Indian Ocean.
  • The Navy is keeping a close watch on the movement in the IOR of Chinese naval ships, whose presence has gone up considerably over the years in the name of anti­piracy patrols. 
  • In 2017, China had opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

 

Source: The Hindu

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