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The P8I surveillance planes of Indian Navy have been carrying out anti-piracy patrol sorties in Salalah in the Gulf of Aden and other piracy prone areas. More in News
  • In an expansion of its Mission Based Deployments (MBD) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Navy deployed its P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft for anti-piracy sorties from Salalah in Oman to patrol the Gulf of Aden.
  • Under the MBD concept, the Navy now maintains a ship at every choke point in the IOR at any point of time.
  • As part of expanding engagement maritime engagement, India has stepped up cooperation with Indian Ocean littoral states and maritime neighbours.
    • Under the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, the Navy undertakes Joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance with Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius and Coordinated Patrols (CORPAT) with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia.
  • Search and rescue and capability-enhancement activities have also emerged as major areas.
  • Besides escorting Indian flagged vessels, ships of other countries have also been provided protection, a defence source said.
Mission-Based Deployments (MBD)
  • Mission-Based Deployments (MBD) philosophy was adopted by Navy in 2017
  • This ensures availability of warships in 7-8 critical areas of the Indian Ocean Region on a nearly continuous basis to provide rapid response to any contingency.
  • The reason behind the deployment of warships are:
    • The continued prevalence of piracy
    • Illegal fishing
    • Arms smuggling and other such nefarious activities directly impinge on the maritime security of India in particular and the region at large.
    • Natural disasters also ravage the region frequently.
    • Increase in the presence of `Extra-Regional Forces’.
P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft
  • P-8I is a long-range, multimission maritime patrol aircraft manufactured by Boeing, for the Indian Navy.
  • It is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon operated by the US Navy.
  • It is armed with deadly Harpoon Block-II missiles, MK-54 lightweight torpedoes, rockets and depth charges
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