Saturday, April 6, 2013

4/6/2013 Naval Interest; HOW FAR WILL THE DRAGON SWIM?


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Han Class Chinese Nuclear Sub, U.S. Navy Photo


The Indian Navy has strong indications that a fleet of Chinese nuclear submarines is making frequent forays into the Indian Ocean and Chinese submarines were detected at least 13 occasions just south of Sri Lanka, India’s ‘Headlines Today’ reported.

Headlines Today has exclusive access to a report from the Indian Navy to the Defence Ministry that says 22 unknown submarine contacts were detected by Indian and U.S sonar in the Indian Ocean.

The assessment is that China is the only other navy capable of operating in the area. The assessment has been confirmed by U.S. and Indian intelligence inputs.
The extent of Chinese submarines' unchallenged forays into the Indian Ocean can be deeply troubling for the Indian Navy.


 There are indications that some of the sonar contacts with these submarines occurred within 90 miles of the Indian Coast line within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). International law permits submerged submarine passage within EEZ's but international practice is operate on the surface within such zones unless actually working with or having informed the adjacent coastal state. This is done in the interest of transparency , good relations, and in fact for safety reasons as well. There is no place in the World's oceans more likely to have uncharted or un/under reported submerged objects than in an EEZ. So why is the dragon apparently sneaking a peek in the Tiger's lair? We think it is because the kleptomaniac  dragon has its eyes on something of India's and knows the Tiger is more than capable of seriously injuring the dragon. So the dragon is "spy hopping" about looking for vulnerabilities to exploit. But the dragon better beware because the Tiger's sailors are not new to the game, they are the serious professionals and the Dragon the accomplished amateur trying to turn pro, while seriously short in the naval ethics department. If everything China had capable of a real ocean passage entered the Indian Ocean tomorrow our money is on the Tiger on her home turf. Warning Marauding Dragons Will Be Eaten.

Sources tell Headlines Today that one contact with a suspected Chinese submarine took place just 90 km from Indian soil in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Six contacts took place north-west of the Straits of Malacca, 13 south of Sri Lanka and two as far as the Arabian Sea.

The first such Chinese submarine was spotted on sonar in August 2012 during a patrol of Indian and U.S. navy ships, confident that they are the only two navies operating in the southern part of the Indian Ocean.

According to the report, the People's Liberation Army's naval wing is deploying the state-of-the art nuclear submarines on a 10,000-mile deepwater run. The launch location is Sanya in the South China Sea.

Official sources say the Chinese submariners could be preparing to sneak into India's backyard, test Indian Navy's conviction in keeping them out and probably pioneer a permanent presence in the Indian Ocean region.
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