In an aggressive move, China has deployed a submarine in the Indian Ocean Region, as the month long stand-off in the Doklam plateau between the Indian and Chinese People’s Liberation Army continues. Wading through the Indian Ocean now is a Yuan class – conventional diesel electric – submarine which is supported by Chinese Naval Ship (CNS) Chongmingdao – the Chinese Navy’s submarine support vessel.. And this is not the first, but the seventh submarine to be deployed in the area.
The Indian Navy has however confirmed that this development has nothing to do with the stand-off between the troops of both countries in Sikkim. ‘The submarine’s presence has nothing to do with the present situation and it has been present in the Indian Ocean for a while now. Usually, Chinese submarines have three-month long deployment in the Indian Ocean. This is routine,’ a Navy official said.
According to the informed sources, this is the same Yuan-class submarine that was ‘picked up’ by Indian Navy’s Poseidon-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft as soon as it crossed the Malacca Strait on April 19-20.