Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. Security challenges and their management in border areas
4) The geo-strategic importance of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) has seen a gradual increase in the recent past. Under such conditions discuss the significance of Indian Navy’s Presence and Surveillance Missions in the region and critical role played by them. (250 words)
Why this question:
Question is about discussing the crucial role played by the Indian Navy in the Indian ocean region. Recently in an expansion of its Mission Based Deployments (MBD) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Navy deployed its P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft for anti-piracy sorties from Salalah in Oman to patrol the Gulf of Aden.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must provide for a detailed narration of the geostrategic importance that the Indian ocean region holds for India and the countries around the region. One has to explain in detail the
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer
write a few introductory lines the current efforts being made by the Indian Navy in the IOR.
Have the following points in the answer:
- The geo-strategic importance of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) has seen a gradual increase in the recent past. Indian Navy regularly deploys ships for Presence and Surveillance Missions (PSM), off critical choke points / sea lanes in the IOR.
- Since August 2017, Indian Navy deployments in the IOR have been further structured under the Mission Based Deployment (MBD) concept.
- Under MBD concept, In addition to the anti-piracy deployment, IN ships were also Mission Deployed for :
- Operation ‘GULFDEP’ in the Persian Gulf,
- Operation ‘CENTDEP’ in the central Indian Ocean Region,
- Operation ‘NORDEP’ in the northern Bay of Bengal and
- Operation ‘MALDEP’ in the Andaman Sea and approaches to the Malacca Strait.
Discuss other Naval operations that were significant n the IOR.
Conclude with significance.