Indian Ocean appears as focus area for defence collaboration between India, UK
The Indian Ocean is emerging as a focus area for defence cooperation between the UK and India, with the two sides intending naval drills and London deploying an officer into a key surveillance centre.
The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth could function from the Indian Ocean region in her maiden voyage after entering service. The movement reflects the significance attached to safety and freedom of navigation in the area.
‘HMS Defender, a Royal Navy destroyer, seen Goa this week and the 2021 variant of the bilateral naval drill Konkan 21 could be the most complicated and complicated so far,’ British high commissioner Dominic Asquith stated on Friday.
The UK is also currently placing a liaison officer at the Info Fusion Centre of the Indian Navy at Gurugram, a facility for friendly nations to exchange non-sensitive info . The center incorporates India’s coastal radar approaches to create a real-time picture of waters around the 7,500-km coastline, and France has set an officer.
Anyway, the UK is assisting with the planning of the next version a biennial naval exercise held at the Nicobar and Andaman Islands, of Milan, Asquith said.
Sixteen countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Tanzania, had participated in the previous edition of Milan. The exercise was institutionalised at 2004 and has helped improve inter-operability between both navies.
Cooperation from the Indian Ocean had guessed in connections during a trip to India last month the vice chief of staff of the UK, from Admiral Tim Fraser. This month, the civil service leader of the UK’s defence ministry and also a homeland security business mission directed by the director of the UK’s Defence and Security Organisation will visit India to discuss security cooperation and defence procurements.
Back in Decemberthe India-UK defence equipment sub-group will meet to go over cooperation, particularly in areas such as the transition in growth of hardware to the private sector from entities. It is known the UK has highlighted into the side its own willingness to cooperate on systems to be used in the next generation of combat aircraft.
Cooperation from the Indian Ocean also fits the interests of the two sides in protecting merchant transport and fishery assets and ensuring freedom of navigation, people familiar with progress said. The folks said the huge region could not be covered by any country and it was practical to work out tasks and roles that could be delegated to various countries.