India keeping close eye on Chinese ships: Sunil Lanba

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India keeping close eye on Chinese ships: Sunil Lanba

He said that China has deployed a nuclear attack submarine (SSN) in the IOR which recently did a port call at Karachi harbour. "We will continue to deploy our submarines", Lanba said.

Mumbai: The Indian Navy is in a "high degree of operational and combat readiness" to ensure safety and security from any challenges originating from the seas, Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra said on Friday. "They had started deployment of their submarines from 2012", he said.

Speaking about the maritime security environment in the Indian Ocean area, the Navy Chief said, "Due to prevailing security scenario, the navy has reviewed deployment philosophy to proactively deter any menace". Without elaborating much on South China Sea dispute, the Navy chief said such maritime issues should be solved according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Vice-admiral Luthra added that documents related to Scorpene-class submarines, which were recently leaked, dated back to 2010 and the project had undergone so many changes thereafter that the leak did not affect it at all. While a Pakistani Navy official has spoken about Gwadar being used as a Chinese naval base, the Chinese Navy has a different view, Lanba said.

The Indian Navy is celebrating 2017 as the "Year of the Submarine Arm". The new alternative fighter from overseas will arrive in next five to six years. The sixth submarine deployment is underway at the moment in the IOR.

The Navy has rejected the naval version of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), holding that the "overweight" fighter can not optimally operate from aircraft carriers, and is now looking to induct an alternative fighter from overseas in the next five to six years. "The claim made by the Pakistan Navy is totally bogus".

Navy Cheif Sunil Lanba has categorically rejected Pakistan Navy's claim of an Indian submarine being seen in its waters.

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