Indian Navy Chief raises concerns over China's increasing warships
He also emphasised over the increased and continuous presence of Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean and added, "Since 2008 there has been a permanent presence of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean region in the form of an anti-piracy escort force. At any given time there are 6-8 Chinese Navy ships in the northern part of the Indian Ocean."
Talking further about the Chinese overseas facility at Djibouti, Lanba also questioned the role of submarines for anti-piracy operations.
"Two years ago, they commissioned their 1st overseas facility in Djibouti and stated that aim of this is to protect their trade flowing through this area. They have deployed submarines for anti-piracy operation which is the most unlikely platform to be used for this role," said the Indian Navy chief.
In December last year, Admiral Lanba had informed that necessary steps are being taken to increase security in the Indian Ocean region.
He had said that the process of information sharing among the countries concerned has been accorded renewed impetus at the highest level to enhance collective maritime security in the Indian Ocean region (IOR).