- The US has given a shock to the Chinese dragon’s plan to rule the Indian Ocean.
- US Navy Chief said he wants to create new Navy command in Indian Ocean
- This command will have the responsibility of surveillance in the Indian Ocean, adjacent Pacific Ocean
The US has given a shock to the Chinese dragon’s plan to rule the Indian Ocean. US Navy chief Kenneth Braithwaite has said he wants to create a new US Navy command in the Indian Ocean. This command will have the responsibility of surveillance in the area of the Indian Ocean as well as the Pacific Ocean adjacent to it. Kenneth Braithwaite made this announcement at a time when the Indian and US navies are conducting Malabar exercises in the Indian Ocean near Andaman along with Japan and Australia.
Kenneth said, ‘We cannot just rely on the 7th Fleet of Japan. We have to look at our other partners and partners like Singapore and India. Not only this, if necessary it will have to have a fleet. He said that the most important thing is that this new command of the Navy will give us an impenetrable deterrence, so we are going to build a ‘First Fleet’.
50 years ago America disbanded the First Fleet
Indeed, the US military is strengthening its ties not only with India but also with other countries in the region such as Singapore and Australia to deal with China’s growing geopolitical ambition. Earlier, the First Fleet of the United States was involved in naval operations in the western Pacific Ocean from 1947 to 1973. Nearly 50 years ago, the US disbanded the First Fleet and replaced it with the Third Fleet.
As of now, the US’s seventh fleet based in Japan has the responsibility of looking at the Indian Ocean. This is the seventh fleet that sailed against India during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. It is not yet clear how long the US Navy has planned to build this fleet, but it is being told that plans have been going on for the last several months to deploy the ‘first fleet’ in the Indian Ocean. Kenneth also spoke to former Defense Minister Mark Esper in this regard.
According to The Drive report, it is not yet clear where the headquarters of this first fleet will be. The US Navy has been at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base since the 1990s. On this base there are warships of the seventh fleet of America. There is a possibility that the first US fleet may be formed in Singapore very fast. Apart from this, it is also being said that initially this first fleet will be patrolling between Singapore, Australia and Diogogarsia, very close to India. This will greatly increase the strength of the US Navy in the Indian Ocean.
Chinese Navy is stepping into Indian Ocean
China’s navy is spreading its wings in the Indian Ocean very fast. Satellite photographs taken in May this year show that the Chinese Naval Base in Djibouti, Africa has been modernized. This base, previously built with logistic support, has now been converted into a naval base. A Chinese aircraft carrier can also stand at this base. China is also involved in developing an artificial island in the Maldives. Many claim that China is developing the island to reduce India’s influence in the Indian Ocean.
There are also reports of building a naval base at Gwadar Port in Pakistan, China. China is also helping develop a naval base in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. China’s naval base in Djibouti reflects the dragon’s ambition in the Indian Ocean. This naval base is spread over an area of about 25000 square feet. This Adda is like a Chinese fort in itself. It can house about 10 thousand Chinese soldiers. Analysts believe that through this base, China monitors intelligence in the area. Watch towers have been built around and heavy security arrangements have been made.
Chinese naval base is a big danger for India
Nearly a decade ago, the Chinese Navy stepped into the Indian Ocean in the name of rescue from pirates. Indian analysts believe that it was previously thought that China is doing this to protect its interests and trade, but opinions are changing. Many analysts believe that China is now projecting itself as a major power in the Indian Ocean. China is continuously sending submarines and warships to the Indian Ocean. In September last year, a Chinese ship entered the Indian seabed. The report says that India should expand its reach into the western Pacific Ocean where China dominates. This will force the dragon to make its move.