Amidst reports that a Chinese submarine had crossed the Arabian Sea and entered Karachi port last month, the Indian Navy on Tuesday said it was not a matter of big concern but they were monitoring all such activities.
“Docking of a submarine belonging to some other country in a third country itself is not a big concern but we do monitor them, whichever submarines operate in our region,” Vice Admiral P Murugesan, vice chief of Naval Staff, said.
India also has submarine capabilities and our submarines also go on dock in foreign countries, he said while speaking on sidelines of the launching ceremony of Navy’s Water Jet Fast Attack Crafts by defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd.
“We monitor them and then we see what the precautionary measures we should take are,” the naval officer said.
As far as naval cooperations are concerned, Murugesan said, “We are also having relations with numerous countries but we monitor in our neighbourhood who is interacting with which other navy. That is always briefed to the concerned authorities of the government and we do develop our navy to meet any challenges that might come out of such cooperation.”
On naval build-up in India’s neighbourhood, he said there is “no immediate concern”.
“Our navy is quite strong enough to look after our maritime interests in our area of interest,” he said, adding that the navy is like an ambassador as they can go anywhere.
Image: The Chinese submarine crossed the Arabian Sea and entered Karachi port last month. Photograph: Reuters