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India carried out threat assessment over Chinese subs in India Ocean: Navy

He said a submarine was not a suitable platform for anti-piracy operations

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Admiral Sunil Lanba. Photo: PTI
Admiral Sunil Lanba. Photo: PTI

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Friday said it is odd for to deploy submarines for anti-piracy operations in the and added that has also carried out a threat assessment.

have been spotted in the region repeatedly and has claimed they were to assist in anti-piracy operations.

Addressing the annual press conference ahead of Navy day, Admiral Lanba said Chinese PLAN submarines had been regularly visiting the since 2013 and there were two deployments alternately - a conventional submarine and a nuclear-propelled submarine.

"They may say it is for anti-piracy operations but it is an odd task to give to a submarine."

He said a submarine was not a suitable platform for anti-piracy operations and that had carried out a threat assessment.

"When you have submarines in your area, you do carry out threat assessment... So we did carry out a threat assessment," he said.

He added that Chinese Naval ships had been coming to the since 2008.

At one point in August this year, he said at least 14 Chinese Naval ships were present in the

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 16:01 IST
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