- To develop defence ties and counter China’s growing power in the Indian Ocean, India and Australia are planning to hold first joint naval drills next month.
- This maritime exercise will include anti-submarine warfare and coordinated anti-submarine drills.
- China shocked India last year with two submarine visits to Sri Lanka’s commercial port in Colombo
- Last year two submarines of china visits to Sri Lanka’s commercial port in Colombo and this left Inda in shocking mode
- Taking this as a wake-up call, India and Australia should build up their capacity in submarines and particularly anti-submarine warfare
- Frigate, tanker, submarine and a Lockheed AP-3C maritime surveillance aircraft would take part on behald of Australia and ships, as well as a Boeing P-8 Poseidon spy plane would take part on behalf of Indiain this bilateral exercises.